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Re: Collision: Bad News and Good News

I've been hit three times while my boat was on its mooring. Only once did the owner of the other boat own up to doing it.
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Great attitude, WS, not sure I'd be capable (al least immediately) of feeling the same.. Terrific, though, that the offender was honorable enough to do (all) the right things.
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Yes, JonB, it was a motorboat.
The story is that they dropped a peice of gear overboard, made a quick turn to recover it, and didn't clear WS right after.
Thanks Barry, I'll see you in the water. Maybe we'll get out on WS after I patch the hole. (Not really confident in the tape)
I did feel a little sick on my way down there.
Thank you all for your support.
I had a boatbuilder look at it today.
The splinters make great props for this story at the bar.
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Yes, JonB, it was a motorboat.
The story is that they dropped a peice of gear overboard, made a quick turn to recover it, and didn't clear WS right after.
It seems like it always is. The only times I've ever heard of a sailboat doing the damage is during races.

Maybe things would be better out there if the price of fuel went up some more.
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LOL.

I put a plywood patch on the hole yesterday and went sailing. Well, drifting. But still good to be on the water.
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Good for you.. Any news on arrangements for proper repair?
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I missed the entire 2011 season because my neighbor across the fairway passed out on Mem Day from heatstroke and rammed his SeaRay 34 into Catalyst... luckily a glancing blow on the port bow (it just missed being a full head-on) so no holes in the hull, but 4 holes in deck where stanchion bases punched through, bow pulpit bent/ruined, and furler foil bent, 1 bow chock and port running light destroyed & holes in deck to repair there, rub rail, &c. (~$7,500) ....

He was highly embarrassed, but at least his boat was fixed in a few weeks, mine wasn't til mid -November.

at least I now know my deck core at the bow under the stanchions is in better shape than in years (Coosa composite pads installed) & w/ new backing plates the bow pulpit's an improvement too, and I have 2 new running lights with clear lenses (LED bulbs to come I think) and new rub rail.

And they sure don't make them like they used to, the bow on the P26 is very stout, not a mark or sign of any damage on the hull itself.
Still sucks, but yes, worse things could happen (my neighbor's lucky he didn't injure his daughter, who was on the bow of the SeaRay).

Good luck getting yours fixed & on the way again,
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Good for you.. Any news on arrangements for proper repair?
I already had a boatbbuilder look at her, the yard is contacting another. A surveyor from insurance called already, they'll probably see see the boat this week. I don't really see the repair happening until June, with more boatyard availability.
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WE HIT SOMEONE:

The wife and I decided to sail off our mooring one day. So figured a good direction with the wind and the location of my neighbors and backed the main to turn the boat. Had the boom close to full forward and the boat was turning nicely so I let go and off we went with my my wife was steering. I putzt around cleaning some dried bird crap on the deck and she calmly says I think we are good to hit that boat. I look up and say just turn up more your not even close to being close hauled, to which she responds she his all the way turned. I come back and realized the boom hasn't made it across centerline and realize the the top of the sail for some reason is wrap on the rigging. The sails like a sideways spinnaker, I frantically try to shake it out and then I realize there is too much load in it. Now I try to release the sheet, but it is knotted up and won't release. I have about 5 seconds to to think of something. Too little time to get the motor going. Well it is going to happen.

Luckily it is max beam to max beam and a glancing blow. Just a little rub rail impact (under 2 kts). I have been on race boats that have hit harder. Called the harbormaster, told them about the incident, and they said they would contact the owner on our behalf. The owner called us and left a message, we returned the call to the owner and explained the situation and that we would take care of any damage. He was very understanding. We talked again on the launch ride the next w/e and he said no issues with his boat, and if we didn't tell he wouldn't have noticed. Thought we were straight up for saying something.

WATCHED A HIT:

Two days ago, I watched a 45+ ft. Mega stink pot, plow into a floating dock that had a 20 ft I/O Ski/speedboat attached to it. It was launched only a few minutes earlier. Guy hit it at about 6 kts and with such force that the entire dock spun about 90 deg. I think the 45+ ft boat clipped the mooring chain of the floating dock. Guy backed up or something to free himself, then looked at the dock and didn't see any apparent damage, and left the marina.

About 20 people saw this thing happen. I decided to walk up to the yard boss and say something. Yard boss said he saw it, but he thought he hit the dock only. I said he may have, but the dock is attached to the other boat and that was jerked around pretty hard. He called the other dock master (neighboring marina) and they went out to look at it. Guy hit the dock so hard that it ripped out a dock cleat. Damage to the docked boat was not fully known until it was hauled for peek. At least the offending boat was known as 20 people got it's name and hailing port.

What pissed me off was that boat the hit the dock had no intention of reporting it.
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Re: Collision: Bad News and Good News

Some of you would crap your pants if you raced with me. Two Wednesdays ago, we wiggled our way through the non-spin division to take the lead. You could have stepped right from my boat, to your choice of 4 other boats.

Several of my crew are newbies and the look on their face was priceless.
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