Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New England
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I hit a &%@#!* abandoned mooring block.....
in a marked channel.
So during the motor up river to get the boat hauled on Saturday, I hit a abandoned, unmarked mooring block that was in the channel.
Where I take my boat out, I have to go up river for 3 miles, with the last 700 yards up a small river that is dredged to 6-8 ft. They mark it with Private buoys. I draw 6 ft, so we go up on a rising tide. I need to go at low tide to get under a bridge further down river.
So I am at the helm and ask the navigator are we good here as I make my turn into the section with the Private Channel Aids. Depth says just over 7.5 feet and chart says the same. We are in the channel, but to one side as another boat it approaching us coming down river.
Bang, boat hits and bounces forward. Were going a little over 4 knots. 4 boats see us do it and yell over are we alright. I quickly try to determine if we hit something or have hard grounded. I look over and see the river bottom, but were are still moving forward at about 2 kts. I quickly turn more into the middle of the channel and then have my navigator take over at the helm and go below to see if anything broke. Can't see any water gushing in, so that is good. Can't tell if there is slow seepage though.
Finish getting to the dock and get the bilge almost totally dry. Tell the yard guys that I may need to get hauled quickly if there is water coming in the boat. They ask why. I told them I hit "something" at the end of the river where it intersects with the other river. I bet you hit that mooring block near the US Nav aid is their response, lot's of folks do. WTF? Everyone knows about it and it isn't marked?
Go back to the boat and don't see notable water in the bilge where the keel bolts are. Feeling better, but still sick to my stomache about the whole thing.
Boat gets hauled and I look at keel and keel/hull joint. Aside from the paint chip at the impact, don't see any evidence of keel joint crack or hull cracks near the keel. Boat is solid glass, 1.5 inches or more thick on that region, so I am hopeful that no damage occurred to the structural integrity. Will do a more thorough inspect next w/e.
Writing a letter to the Harbormaster. I mean seriously if everyone knows it is there, why isn't marked or removed?
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