A power boater in the slip across from mine (on the Occoquan R. off the Potomac) had what he said was a heat incident yesterday (not drunk per all who were there, I was not) and rammed his boat in a glancing blow off my beloved Pearson 26's port bow.
Some significant damage including:
1. Bow pulpit bent/cracked (Need a new pulpit)
2. Stanchion bases pulled into/out of deck (Need fiberglass & core repair work w/ new stanchion backing plates for pulpit)
3. Furler drum smashed/damaged (furler appears OK but only based on a quick look and pull on the furler line)
4. port bow chock broken/ torn up
5. port running light lens cracked
Luckily due to a glancing blow and stout Pearson construction, I don't see any other FG damage (I have more pix but here are 4).
My dilemma is that I'm near Mason Neck, VA, 87 miles up the Potomac. Ft. Washington Marina (MD) is 4 hrs. away; Kinsale Harbor is about 16 hrs. away (2 days motoring); Annapolis is 3 days
away (maybe 4 dep. on weather and tide?) and it's miserable much of this time of year in the hot & humid weather (imo).
But clearly Annapolis has the facilities to do all this, and my rigger (West River Rigging), who did a great job in '03 replacing everything, is right there. A HUGE Hassle for me to get there esp. dealing w/ heavy parental aging/eldercare issues now but that seems like the way to go probably.
I'll talk w/ BoatUS today re claim (other party is insured, too, not BoatUS I think)...
Can anyone recommend among the Annapolis yards a reliable quality place to get this work done? I want good quality work and since it's an insurance claim, the cost is the other guy's problem for the most part.
I'm unfamiliar w/ the yards there. Jabin's seems to be well equipped for this ... are there others folks recommend, and any thoughts on Jabin's?
Feel free to contact me off the forum if you like (fendertweed AT gmail DOT com). I think I can get a pulpit from Tops In Quality in Mich. but could also get one made in Annapolis. The old/current one is still on the boat and in good enough shape for someone to get dimensions.
Thanks for any help, this is a HUGE PITA at a time when I can least afford to be spending time dealing with boat issues.