"I had a free day ... removing the trim tabs was one of the things I wanted to do," Carman, 26, of
"I reasoned that they were probably pushing the bow down," he said, theorizing that it would improve speed and fuel efficiency.
Exacting and articulate, if expressionless and often monotone, Carman took the stand in the trial into his bid to recoup
Carman's much-anticipated testimony came as his aunts are trying to block him from inheriting possibly millions of dollars of his mother's money. Their lawyers have been in the courtroom throughout the trial, taking notes and conferring with the insurers' lawyer as the case plays out before
Farrell asked how Carman removed the trim tabs.
"The easiest way to do that was leaning over the transom," he said.
A boater had testified being stunned to see Carman leaning over the back of the boat with a hole saw.
Carman said he was using a drill bit to "roughen up" existing holes.
Shouldn't Carman have sealed the holes with fiberglass patches and resin? Farrell asked.
"I suppose," Carman said.
"I would test them by hearing the motor run," Carman said.
Carman would later open the hatch to find that same pump entirely submerged in the moments he said led up to the boat's sinking.
Farrell asked Carman if he considered himself a genius.
"I have no idea," Carman said, adding that his mother told him he had a 140 IQ.
Carman also acknowledged holding only two jobs briefly in his life, as a dish washer at a private school and working for FedEx.
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