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My Boat was Hit Bad

Today, while I was ashore and my boat at anchor, my beloved 30 foot Islander was struck on the port side cabin by a 30 powerboat, leaving a gaping hole in the top cabin. The hit ripped a stanchion from the deck, taking the wood core with it. The top cabin has a wide hole, fiberglass and wood from the interior of the boat, splintered everywhere. I've already had the police out to file a formal report, and the officer talked to the other boater. Tomorrow I'll talk with the insurance company of the person who hit my boat. My plan is to have the boat surveyed immediately, determine if the damage is a.)repairable b.)if the boat is safe to be motored or towed to a yard, or c.)whether the cost of repair exceeds the value of the boat.

The horrible issue to all of this is that I LIVE aboard my boat. I have no experience with this at all and educated advice is welcomed. A google search on what to do when a boat's been hit, returned articles on boating accidents. I'd appreciate stories from people who've been in a similar situation.

The good news is the other boater has insurance and has already contacted their company. There was no hit and run. Right now I'm at a loss, as my beloved boat has been terribly damaged.

Advice? Tips?
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Last edited by cktalons; 07-25-2012 at 02:32 AM.
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