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DallasODAY 04-29-2012 10:06 AM

Replace bow rail
 
Can anyone chime in on this? Trying to raft up at the lake yesterday and some arsehole in a 35 ft comes by and creates waves that you couldnt imagine. We were fine tuning the tie up and the waves hit. Buddies boat came down on bow rail bent it up and pulled two of the arms right out of the fibergalss. Luckily that was the only damage. Fiberglass is easy to repair, but I dont know where to find a new rail for a 30 ft Oday. Doesnt need to be the same, just something sturdy. Lifeline also snapped, so I need to replace those as well (they were old anyway).

cb32863 04-29-2012 10:21 AM

Re: Replace bow rail
 
Give D & R Marine a call. They specialize in O'Days, they should be able to find you something or point you in the right direction.

Good luck.
:cool:

deniseO30 04-29-2012 11:03 AM

Re: Replace bow rail
 
keep us posted! the one on my boat has a bend down in it from when someone laid down the mast without support.

PaulinVictoria 04-29-2012 02:19 PM

Re: Replace bow rail
 
Make sure whatever you get has a mounting point for these puppies
http://media.moddb.com/images/groups...al_minigun.jpg
That should prevent further damage.
Did you get the name/hailing port of the passing vessel?

SloopJonB 04-30-2012 12:20 AM

Re: Replace bow rail
 
Track down a marine consignment shop in your area - they usually have some, sometimes they have a lot of them. Good Old Boat's website has a list of them.

Faster 04-30-2012 11:11 AM

Re: Replace bow rail
 
If you can track down the offender, they should be able to be held liable for the damage they've done.. esp with witnesses.

There should be custom SS fabricators about who could make one for you, most of this work is generally done that way....

arf145 04-30-2012 01:49 PM

Re: Replace bow rail
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Faster (Post 865178)
There should be custom SS fabricators about who could make one for you, most of this work is generally done that way....

Second that.

eherlihy 04-30-2012 02:22 PM

Re: Replace bow rail
 
courtesy of NavRules Frequently Asked Questions;

10. What are the regulations concerning wake effects, wake damage, and responsibility? Regarding one's wake, vessels over 1600 Gross Tons are specifically required by Title 33 CFR 164.11 to set the vessel's speed with consideration for...the damage that might be caused by the vessel's wake. Further, there may be State or local laws which specifically address "wake" for the waters in question.

While vessels under 1600 GT are not specifically required to manage their speed in regards to wake, they are still required to operate in a prudent matter which does not endanger life, limb, or property (46 USC 2302). Nor do the Navigation Rules exonerate any vessel from the consequences of neglect (Rule 2), which, among other things, could be unsafe speeds (Rule 6), improper lookout (Rule 5), or completely ignoring your responsibilities as prescribed by the Navigation Rules.

As to whether or not a particular vessel is responsible for the damage it creates is a question of law and fact that is best left to the Courts. For more information, contact your local Marine Patrol or State Boating Law Administrator.

Which then points here:- National Association of State Boating Law Administrators

Texas


TX Parks & Wildlife Dept
Law Enforcement Div
4200 Smith School Rd
Austin TX 78744


Boat Accident Report Database
April V Nino
4200 Smith School Rd
Austin, TX 78744
Phone: 512.389.4850
Fax: 512.389.8400

Boat Accident Report Database
Cody Jones
4200 Smith School Rd.
Austin, TX 78744
Phone: 512.389.4624
Fax: 512.389.8400


Enforcement
Peter Flores
4200 Smith School Rd
Austin, TX 78744
Phone: 512.389.4845
Fax: 512.389.4740


Investigations
Capt Greg Williford
4200 Smith School Rd
Austin, TX 78744
Phone: 512.407.9564
Fax: 512.454.1222

eherlihy 04-30-2012 02:28 PM

Re: Replace bow rail
 
and according to http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/46C23.txt

TITLE 46 - SHIPPING
Subtitle II - Vessels and Seamen
Part A - General Provisions
CHAPTER 23 - OPERATION OF VESSELS GENERALLY

-HEAD-
Sec. 2302. Penalties for negligent operations and interfering with
safe operation

-STATUTE-
(a) A person operating a vessel in a negligent manner or
interfering with the safe operation of a vessel, so as to endanger
the life, limb, or property of a person is liable to the United
States Government for a civil penalty of not more than $5,000 in
the case of a recreational vessel, or $25,000 in the case of any
other vessel.
(b) A person operating a vessel in a grossly negligent manner
that endangers the life, limb, or property of a person commits a
class A misdemeanor.
(c) An individual who is under the influence of alcohol, or a
dangerous drug in violation of a law of the United States when
operating a vessel, as determined under standards prescribed by the
Secretary by regulation -
(1) is liable to the United States Government for a civil
penalty of not more than $5,000; or
(2) commits a class A misdemeanor.

(d) For a penalty imposed under this section, the vessel also is
liable in rem unless the vessel is -
(1) owned by a State or a political subdivision of a State;
(2) operated principally for governmental purposes; and
(3) identified clearly as a vessel of that State or
subdivision.


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