|FYI — March 2004|
|By Brad Dunn|
Word With...Michael Moore
Q: What drew
you to maritime law?
Q: Are your clients
typically boaters, builders, or other companies?
What’s so enjoyable to me about this profession are the people. Boaters are just different. They’re free spirits, and I believe as a rule they enjoy life more. There’s a common thread that runs between them. You can hear it in Jimmy Buffett’s songs.
Q: What kind
of legal problems do these “free spirits” generally encounter?
Q: I understand
you often work with celebrities.
your favorite case that you were part of?
Just weeks before Christmas, a blaze ripped through the oldest boatyard in Cape Cod, destroying more than 50 luxury boats.
At presstime, local firefighters and members of the Coast Guard were still determining whether an accident or arson was behind the fire that devastated the historic Crosby Yacht Yard in Osterville, Massachusetts. Though no one was injured, witnesses said the flames shot 50 feet into the air.
The December 11 conflagration spread to the facility’s three large boat-storage sheds, where flames devoured almost all of the fiberglass and wood boats. Because some had been stored with full fuel tanks, explosions boomed sporadically through the night as more than 100 firefighters sought to contain the fire.
Witnesses reported that as Gregory Egan, the owner of the yard, watched the destruction, he lamented the fact that the storage sheds were almost filled to capacity for the winter.
“There’s all types of boats in there,” he said. “Beautiful boats, nice boats. That’s the worst thing about it.”
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This article originally appeared in the February 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.