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Hit and runs at Marinas

My wife and I had our baby earlier this fall. While on time off getting family life sorted out (great so far!) My boat was left tied in her slip.

Upon arriving last week to move her on the hard I noticed the port side glass on my deck was shattered. It's the exact height where someone's bow would have been. No other scuffs just a DIRECT HIT to the side of the deck. The impact was so hard it also burst 2 of my fenders. Luckily I leave lots of fenders out and my boat is sturdy...

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The crunch is about the size of a fist. My boat will live to sail again so it's obviously not a major issue. However it will cost materials, 2 fenders, and time in an already short Canadian sail season. It'll also never look the same after patched.

Hit and runs at a Marina. Not even a note or witness. It seems some people just weren't raised right I guess.

My truck gets dinged on the regular in parking lots. Somehow the boat feels worse, like we are a small respectful community so this feels more violating in a way.

It could be worse I guess! Do people run into this often?
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Re: Hit and runs at Marinas

It must have been an American passing through. I thought Canadians were more polite than that.

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Re: Hit and runs at Marinas

Unfortunately, yes, it seems to happen with some frequency.

I was hit at my slip, although not very hard, while down below. I came up on deck to find the offending boat just motoring off and not looking back. Left a scratch, but they made zero effort to own up to it. I had to notify the marina myself.

I've witnessed some amazing other stuff. One fella (who I since learned was borrowing his friend's boat) pinballed off three boats in the fairway. First, he thought he was going to back into me (which is how I saw this happen), so he threw his outboard in forward and plowed across the fairway into the other side instead. Then, trying to recover, he started to side swipe the back of two boats on that side, so he got frustrate and literally firewalled the throttle, in the marina, to exit. Threw a two foot wake inside the marina! In that process, he tore off the skeg of a raised outboard and motored off. This time, the marina staff witnessed it too.


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Re: Hit and runs at Marinas

Not uncommon IMHO. Similar to mini's situation I was hit while down below once in marina, came on deck to watch the guy motor off. Was hit on a mooring once while on deck and watched the guy motor off while I, let's just say to keep things civil, expressed my discontent.

Mistakes happen even to the well intended and experienced.

Not owning up is just plain low class.
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I've seen some crazy bumper boats, by Canadians too. During the 1000 islands poker run this season, when every power boat was on the water (we know sailors love to point fingers at power boaters), some nimwits in a 40ish foot very new sailboat lost control and hit 3 docked power boats, doing damage to each, then just left. The marina manager saw them heading down bound. There is only one place to go down bound from Prescott, so the OPP met them at Iroquois Lock.

To keep my anecdotes balanced, a few years ago, at Toronto Island Marina, I saw an old 32' twin screw power boat lose control and hit about a half dozen boats, both power and sail.

I managed to jump aboard, after fending off the stern of a freinds boat and got control of the boat and took it into the fuel dock. The lady operating it had about a half dozen kids on board, and had only started one engine. At least she offered to pay for damages.

A big issue is people owning/operating more boat than they can handle.

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Re: Hit and runs at Marinas

I've seen sailboats do the "hitting" as well. On the encouraging front, I had a new sailboat neighbor arrive at our slip with a bottle of wine for us. He claimed to have hit our lifesling, while we were away and he was docking. Left no mark, whatsoever, and he knew it. There is some nobility left. I tapped the dinghy on a boat, which also left no mark, but was sure to get the owner a message, in case I was mistaken.

While I'm inclined to pick on the stinkpots, this following observation is simply based on my experience. It seems the smaller powerboats are far more likely to be the culprits. My theory is that they are the population most likely to have newer skippers, without experience or training. Docking is foreign and they get nervous. I have a rule to never make fun of another boat's docking attempt, as karma will bite any of us in the butt. Doesn't prevent me from watching, however.


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Minnewaska, I think you might be giving the inexperienced sail cruiser retiree couple with little to no experience who walks into a boat show and drops $200k on a 40' such and such too much credit. These people are in my opinion, some of the worst; wealthy, arrogant, clueless and on a big boat.

Of course, my observation might be regional. Most of the small power boaters around here are life long watermen, fishermen and hunters, many of the sailors are dreamers, who have spent too much time on CF reading about what kind of boat they must have and go out and buy it with no knowledge of how to operate a 15k-25k pound boat.
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Re: Hit and runs at Marinas

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Not owning up is just plain low class.
I agree with you completely, but unfortunately, that's how a fair percentage of people think, these days.

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Re: Hit and runs at Marinas

By far getting damaged by another boat is our biggest fear. Honestly, it would make little difference if they had insurance and owned up to it or not, if the damage was severe enough.
We'd be out of business either way, for a number of months.
I've yet to encounter an insurance company (even my own) that would get right on it and do the right thing in a timely fashion, so even if payment for the damages was coming eventually, it most likely would not come w/o lots of hassles, BS and even tears of frustration.
Never mind that some or all of the season's bookings would be gone, bringing a loss of confidence by the brokers. In our business, reliability is number 1, and no matter the reason you cannot fulfill your commitments, it does not change the fact that the broker must hustle to find other boats to cover for your inability to do so.
Anyone who leaves the scene w/o doing the right thing should be liable for criminal prosecution just as they are on the roads. What's the difference?
Quite frequently I hear of boats down here getting hit and the offending boat taking off, leaving the country even. Ever read the book "Ship Killer"? I'd be on a crusade.....
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Re: Hit and runs at Marinas

Yep..had a boat totaled by a neighboring vessel. Took off before the marina could corner him..
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