Have you considered getting your boat on a mooring???
Right! So some other boat can break loose from its
mooring and t-bone us! Hah! No way! I ain't fallin' for that
(There are no moorings here-abouts, that I know of, btw.)
Ok, the good news is it sounds like the only damage is to the antenna itself. The other boats captain called just a few minutes ago. He was coming into his slip, a big puff came straight out of the north, caught his bow and started swinging it toward our boat. He quickly threw his boat into reverse, certain he was going to whack our boat but good, and almost
cleared her. His anchor just
caught our antenna and snapped the fiberglass. It sounds like there's no damage to the mount, the hull, the cable or anything else.
We're going to meet tomorrow morning, get the wreckage loose, head on over to WM, and he's going to buy us a new antenna.
I've met this captain. We've talked a few times. Had a beer on his boat. I figured him for a stand-up guy. That he'd take care of it was never in doubt. But to get hit again
So we'll get started sailing a bit later than we otherwise would have tomorrow morning. Oh well--it could have been worse. Last time it was a pretty seriously trashed pushpit rail, as some of you may recall.
If this keeps up, in a few years we'll have a new boat