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Re: Floated off the stands
Andreas, you followed the conventional wisdom and usually that would have been right. In fact, it still is right except someone forgot to ask "How high will the storm surge be?" and if you are parked 5'ASL with a 10-11' storm surge coming...that's useless.
This is not the only "oops" from this storm nor is it the biggest one, so don't kick yourself too hard.
The best way to ride out something with that big a surge, IMO, would be either tied to screw anchors in sheltered water, or tied alongside a floating dock which had enough pylon height to ensure the dock wouldn't float off the pylons. And you'd have a good time trying to find a dock that could float up an EXTRA dozen feet without breaking free of them. Likewise, a snowball's chance in hell of finding a good sheltered spot to anchor/moor the boat just for the storm.
So floating off the jackstands, playing bumper cars and then coming aground again, might have been the least risky way to go with a bad situation.
Unless the boatyard has been formally condemned and placed off limits by a government agency, you should be able to ask the operators when and how you can arrange to enter with an escort, if needed, to assess the damage. And gently remind them that if you are not allowed to assess and MITIGATE damage, that you will have to hold them responsible for any FURTHER damage that occurs. That just might motivate them a bit. Hardhat, work boots, safety gear, idiot repellant...Yeah, sure. Proper attire is always appropriate but telling folks they can't come in at all? Nuh-uh.
There's already been way too much CYA and politicking and pretending going on by powers on high. All the pretending is just endangering people, while proper aid is not being brought in on the scope it needs to be.