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Re: Bad park job
Sandy did this parking job...
Found this on reddit...(resized for viewing pleasure)
The owner is a member on the Catalina 25/250 forum
. Here is his story, along with more pictures.
Originally posted by keeldad
I'm as amazed as everybody else as to how this happened. If I didn't see it with my own eyes, and know the circumstances I would have sworn somebody was playing an elaborate prank on me.
I had pulled her the week before anybody had ever heard of Hurricane Sandy. It was simply the end of our sailing season this year. I had some home projects lined up and I knew I wouldn't have the time to sail much more. She was safely nestled on her cradle, the mast and rigging stored and I was getting ready to winterize her a week before Hurricane Sandy decided to form. Friday before the storm hit, I took off from work, pulled my other boat(Mako 22) and prepared my house for the storm. Because I work for the local electric utility, I know that after any storm, I'll be working 16hr days on electric restoration so I take preparations seriously knowing I won't be available until we get everybody's electric back on. My wife (Emery) and the dogs Molly and Maggie (aka Flangehead and Chickenmutt)evacuated to the mainland and rode out the storm at my mother's house. When we finally got back on the island several days later, we found that we were extremely fortunate. Garage and AC ductwork were flooded, hot tub tried to float away (who would have thunk that a full hot tub can float?)but the water ended up about an inch below the floor in the main house. We're a little higher than most of our neighbors and many of them have been devastated. We count our blessings (I also have to give credit to Emery who, before she bought a house in Ocean City, spent a lot of time researching what available properties were higher than others and bought accordingly).
Anyway, I never got a chance to check on the boats because I was leaving for work before sunrise and getting home after dark so I assumed no news was good news. Frankly, I was confident that both my boats had fared OK because I couldn't imagine the water getting high enough to float the Emery C off her cradle. It wasn't until Saturday afternoon when a friend who keeps his boat at the same place called and asked if I'd been down to look at my sailboat. I was still at work and he wouldn't tell me why I should check the boat but that I might "find it interesting". I got that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach and since I was working relatively close to the area, I was able to beg an hour away to see what had happened. When I pulled into the yard I at first thought she was impaled on the pilings but I was soon elated to find otherwise. I asked the boatyard owner why he hadn't called me about the situation and he told me that he knew I was busy doing storm restoration and since there didn't appear to be any damage, he didn't want to worry me. Had asked a friend of his with a crane to come over and lift her off and put her back on the cradle. When I told him that I would have liked a few photos of her before she was lifted off, he laughed and told me that there must be several hundred pictures on the internet by now because of all the people who have been coming to see her. The crane had been delayed because there is such a demand for heavy equipment around here for clean-up, and his friend was still trying to get some free time to get to the yard and lift her off. The yard crane is fixed in place and can't reach to where she is now. Her cradle is right next to the fixed crane and that's how she gets in and out every year. This yard is one of those funky old boatyards that is fast disappearing. I've known the owner for years and it's one of those kind of places where if you are known and liked and pay your bills on time, the owner will try and take care of you. It really isn't a sailboat place but I keep my Mako at a slip there so I think they kind of tolerate my "blowboat" tendencies. I also provide beer and sandwiches every time the yard crew helps me put her in and out and step or unstep the mast.
At this point, since we didn't know when the crane would be available, I decided that it would be prudent to notify my insurance company of the situation. I called BOAT US on Monday and they told me that it was a salvage operation and would be covered under my insurance. It's probably a better idea to have them arrange for a crane and do the lifting because if there is any damage, they'll be able to note it. They gave me a claim number and said they'll be in touch soon. At this point, the Emery C is still on her perch and we're waiting for this Nor easter to clear out. Hopefully she'll be back on her cradle before too much longer.
Thanks to everybody for their interest, concern and comments. I'll keep everbody informed as to how things progress.
Originally posted by delliottg
Unsurprisingly, John's a bit busy what with the eye of Sandy going right over the top of his marina, so here are a few of his pictures:
Emery C's pre-Sandy cradle in the foreground, and post Sandy berth:
Surprisingly little damage:
And I think this is my favorite shot, with the Atlantic City Casinos in the background:
You can view all the photos he sent me here
Tough boats indeed.
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