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I think this problem is at every marina. I refer to mine as "The Boat Graveyard." During every tropical storm, the hubby and I go out and check the lines on the boats out there- no spring lines, poor configurations, and lines the wrong size/too short/too long. Some are newbies that don't know better, but some don't even bother to check on their boats at all. If they were to break free from the pilings, they could damage our boat. Our marina doesn't care, so long as they get paid every month (a few months ago, I had to file a complaint about the abandoned powerboat next to mine that has become a rodent home, and I found rodent droppings on my boat. They expressed no concern until I told them, "If I file an insurance claim because a rat chewed through a seacock hose or a sail, they're going to come to you and ask why you did nothing when I informed you of the problem.")
I always feel bad for the boats. One boat owner did not secure their genny during Francis, and the hubby and I saw it flapping, torn. We took it down, since it was still repairable, and put it in the boat cabin. Imagine our horror to find that they left the cabin hatch open and there was 6 inches of water inside the boat. When I saw the owners next, I let them know. They just shrugged it off. Ironically, we found their boat half-sunk and pinned under the dock a month ago- topside has fiberglass damage. We tried to pull it out ourselves, but the tide was too high. The owners finally showed up a week later- they are locals, too. I feel bad for the boat. The boat graveyard has a plethora of neglected boats- bottoms covered in a reef. When the owners finally do come out, they don't understand why their engines don't start and their props are fouled out.
Meanwhile, when we replace sheet lines, we keep the old ones to secure other boats to prevent them from becoming projectiles. Between us, and our sailboat neighbor, we're the only ones who even bother prepping our boats properly for hurricane season. Nothing is sadder than watching beautiful boats decay, especially shiny new ones.