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Re: Do I Report Getting Hit (bumped) By Boat?
Philzy, in some states that counts as a "motor vehicle accident" and it is a crime NOT to file a police report if the damages exceed a set amount, sometimes as little as $400.
So yes, you file a police report and enumerate all the damaged items, including dock cleats torn up and lines burst, and if possible get an estimate for professional repair and replacement. (If a cleat tears up, a dock board may need to be replaced as well.) Any paint damages, etc., an estimate for proper repairs and if that means repainting an entire transom, etc., yes, that too.
Stuck throttle, right, like there's no IGNITION KEY which cuts the engine off?
If the owner has a history of irresponsible operation it may lead to consequences. And his insurance coimpany's rate increase (assuming he has insurance) may change his behavior. If the owner of hte other boat did not report the damages and he violated a state law by doing so, that can lead to other charges (i.e. leaving the scene of an accident) that can help sober him up as well.
If that sounds cruel, I give you the words of Ian Fleming's Auric Goldfinger on meeting Mr. Bond once too often: "Once may be happenstance, twice may be coincidence, but the third time, my dear Mister Bond, is definitely enemy action."
The guy has a rep for hitting things? Cut him off before he runs someone over.
Last edited by hellosailor; 07-03-2013 at 01:47 PM.