Re: Lets choose SmackDaddy's new boat...
Sweet baby cheeses! Those pictures of the aftermath are heart wrenching!
Sorry for your loss Smacky Steve.
Since this is sailnut and we know everything I cant resist adding the following comments.
Grab that old cleat from the SmackTanic as a memento. You will note that the nuts are still attached which means it pulled right through the deck. I've been on a Catalina 27' and I wondered why they (Catalina) did not use backing plates for the mooring cleats. The horn cleats were also a bit on the small side if I recall.
Another observation is that you should not leave your Bimini deployed when away from the boat. Extra windage is not what you needed during that freak blow like you experienced.
We went through something similar here early last November: h'cane Sandy. Our club lost 20 out of about 100 moored boats. The combined high winds an the 10' storm surge was what did most boats in. It is always a combination of factors that gets you in the end. I thought that for sure our boat was a goner but by some miracle we survived; probably because we took off ALL canvas (no Bimini), checked the mooring chain and our mooring cleat is anchored through a hunk of 2" x 6" underneath the fore deck.
Backing plates and reduce windage.
Sorry for your loss.
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