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Fire ! / Heat Damage

There was a fire at White's Hudson River Marina last night. A couple of boats near mine were destroyed. Mine got, at the least, some heat damage. Furler luff melted, nav lights melted, winter cover half burnt off, rub rail looks shot.

For all you experts out there ... could there be hidden damage from the heat? Insurance company will get a call but I want to go into this with a little knowledge under my belt!

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Ron,

Just helping out with the images.. Sorry for your loss.

You will have a pretty big claim but I suspect any hot spots in the glass can be easily repaired. Matching the gelcoat, good luck with that...??

This is a PRIME example of why most marinas and yards have rules that specifically ban boats being left plugged in while on the hard. Up here many yards send guys out to yank the plugs out of the power posts..

I can almost guarantee the boat that burned had shore power connected and this was either an electric heater, overload of the Twist-Lock shore inlet socket or battery charger related...













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That's sad. I would get a surveyor to take a specific look. Stuff adds up quickly. Are you insured or will you need to pursue the other owner?

What started the fire?
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Fire Chief says the fire is "Suspicious" ... http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/a...-investigation

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And a roof collapsed onto 20 boats last month? Doesn't seem like they are on their game there.
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And a roof collapsed onto 20 boats last month? Doesn't seem like they are on their game there.
I don't think we can beat up the Marina owners over a suspicious fire! The White Family is 3 generations running a good Marina.
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WOW - Sorry for your loss.

I have to express Kudos to the marina and FD for putting the fire out as quickly as they did.

This reminds me of a marina where I kept my boat one winter. The boats were stacked in 6 tight rows from the parking lot to the waterfront. There is NO WAY that the FD could get themselves and equipment to put out a fire if the boat was in the 4th or 5th row. Something to think about...
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Re: Fire ! / Heat Damage

Yeah, some marinas are tight. I once saw a single bad jackstand take out over 20 boats.

I'd go for a place with some air between boats. I like room to work. Where I stay, 8' is tight. The price better be lower, because you are getting less.
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The boat that got the fire started was an '83 Hunter 31.
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Re: Fire ! / Heat Damage

Wow, sorry you had that happen. It has always amazed me that there seems to be so little attention paid to the danger of fire in storage yards. I always detach EVERYTHING, including batteries. The idea of leaving 100v. current attached to anything, unattended in storage, is nuts. With all the flammables, signaling devices (explosives), etc. on boats, you'd think there would be strict local fire department rules about boat storage.
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