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Hey folks. Been awhile since I posted here but I have a question.....
We had a nasty storm herelast wednesday in the springs, longisland, ny. Call it a down draft or microburst or tornado, but it did lots of damage to trees and homes and of course my boat! I keep her at a neighbors dock down the street. Pay for it of course.
Anyway, the storm ripped through. I wasnt home. I got a call from a neighbor telling me my house was ok (a tree went through his roof) and I asked him about my boat. Turns out she wasnt at the dock. She was careened bout a 100-feet away in the wetlands. I ran down there as fast as I could, which included driving as close as I could get, then jogging about a mile through peoples back yards and jumping over downed trees and such. The road was closed, powerlines down and whatnot.
I finally get to my boat. High tide, and she was up there pretty good. I missed a big rock near the dock and she settled into the spartina alterniflora (soft landing in the wetlands). All the lines were attached to the boat still and at the end of each of the four lines were the cleats! She pulled the cleats out. Turns out the neighbor only screwed the cleats in with 4" wood screws. 2.0" to go through the cleat, 1" to go through the deck, so the screw was maybe 1" into a 2x4.
Now shame on me for not checking the cleats. But I am a newish boater. I should have known better, but I didnt (now I do). But I have to wonder, does the property owner (carpenter who built the docks himself) bear any of the blame here? Docks are otherwise super sturdy, but the cleat was obviously the weak link. Nobody elses boat ripped out the cleats.
Had file an insurance claim. 1k deductable. I asked the property owner to pay for half. He got mad. I pay 3k to keep the boat their for the season. No electric or anything.
What do you guys think?
To be honest, Im just glad I didnt drift up the harbor a little and bounce into the millions of dollars worth of boats at Harbor Marina. That would have really sucked.
In the Springs
Gardiners Bay, NY
1986 O'Day 31
Last edited by inthesprings; 07-26-2010 at 08:07 AM.