Yacht campaigning along RI beaches hits rocks, politician blames NOAA

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

11 Responses

  1. Jim Starkey says:

    Title should be “Politician Hits Rock Bottom”..

  2. Dave Short says:

    One time is for certain, if elected he’ll fit right in.

  3. Um, yeah – nothing says “man of the people” like a 65-foot MY. Rocks outlying from a ROCK breakwater? Who’d a thunk it? Jim — +100 🙂

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I agree, thanks Jim!

    We really need decent politicians and I’d like to think of Trillo as the bottom of the barrel. Oh, and I forgot this nugget about when Joe’s old yacht club threw him out. His lawsuit claimed the club manager “threatened to untie the lawmaker’s boat in open waters following a verbal altercation.”


  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Note the “reported rock” prominently charted at the mouth of the Breachway. I’ve gotten very skeptical about these. First, there’s the problem of what can NOAA do when someone makes a claim like this? Sending out a survey team is a big deal, and no matter how many other boaters claim that such a reported danger doesn’t exist, who would dare remove it?

    I’ve also used my side and forward scanning sonar tools to look closely for reported dangers like this — in good conditions — and can’t remember finding a single one. And finally I’ve recently started looking around reported dangers to see what charted danger the reportee might have hit but couldn’t admit to. In many cases there’s a “Bingo!” possibility.

    For instance, could the 1.5-foot shallow spot right at the entrance to the Breachway jettied channel actually be the tip of a jetty, and has yet been making conscious boaters nervous since about 1995? Has any reader been there?

    Joseph Trillo is not helping with my skepticism.

  6. Colin A says:

    I have never gone thru the breach way but I’m familiar with it. We sail by there quite a bit but much further off. I have also been to that beach quite a bit, Most boats stay about half a mile offshore. I had a friend who kept a small Grady White walkaround (maybe 21′) in the pond there. As I recall he told me you have to head almost straight in as there are rocks and shifting sands on either side. From watching boats run it that seems about right, most wait for high tide and head straight in.

  7. Doug says:

    More details in the newspaper today with eyewitness accounts contradicting the story from Mr. Trillo. Sounds like the boat was very close to shore.


    Wonder if navigation system has the GPS track saved. Or a cellphone would also have a history of location where boat stopped. So maybe Mr. Trillo can offer his own data to help update the charts with the exact location.

  8. Mike Pel says:

    More to this story. One might expect a politician to advocate positive measures for his fellow boaters, but in 2015 Mr. Trillo tried to legislate substantial state mooring fees on top of the local fees, with no ostensible purpose.

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