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"My biggest gripe, other than the cost!, is with how long this has taken. Had I known 2 months ago that I'd be waiting this long, I might actually have tried to do some of the repairs myself, but that may have hurt me in any discussions with the insurance company."



For you and your family Jim. You are still coming out ahead and WITH a NICE boat!

I've come to love the sound of the little engine chugging away below my feet LOL It's only 16hp but the sound when the access doors are off, sounds like a big ole mack truck to my ears! LOL There are 4 or 5 Catalina 30s in my club and the engines in those are the 3 cylinder universals. In the 6 or 7 years I've been there None have had engine failures. And these guys use them too! It's a 100 miles to the bay and back and they do it every year. Motoring 12 - 15 hrs a trip is not uncommon. Heck just around home on the river I can putt putt 3 hrs without realizing it.
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Once you're beyond daysailing it's important to have confidence in your auxiliary, for the reason Denise mentions. There's little worse than facing a 30-40+ mile 'motor' and spending the whole time just waiting for the noise to stop, and despite everyone's intentions/desires there's often going to be a deadline - darkness, tidal gates, marina office hours, etc.

For you Jim, the upside of this experience should be putting that particular devil to rest.
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Jim, I don't know how much more my little HBW5 can take! Last night I left my mooring with the club dingy in tow, and CLUNK, CLACK, SCREEEE! and the engine dies.... look down.. HUGE tree stump with root between my prop and rudder... there I was floating down the channel.. a couple of guys in a bass boat stopped by and they got the wood out.. then the tow line I had rigged up.. floated under.. and yup, CLUNK, CLACK, SCREEEE! It's wrapped on the prop! .. finally a couple of guy from my club came down and towed me back. later, after I got my wits, composure,and some dignity back I tapped the starter while in reverse and the line unwrapped. Whew....

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Jim, I don't know how much more my little HBW5 can take! Last night I left my mooring with the club dingy in tow, and CLUNK, CLACK, SCREEEE! and the engine dies.... look down.. HUGE tree stump with root between my prop and rudder... there I was floating down the channel.. a couple of guys in a bass boat stopped by and they got the wood out.. then the tow line I had rigged up.. floated under.. and yup, CLUNK, CLACK, SCREEEE! It's wrapped on the prop! .. finally a couple of guy from my club came down and towed me back. later after I got my wits and composure back I hit tapped the starter in reverse and the line unwrapped. Whew....
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.... look down.. HUGE tree stump with root between my prop and rudder... there I was floating down the channel..
Last night was the most debris I've seen in the river since Sandy. I don't understand it because the heavy rains were almost two weeks ago, yet I haven't seen the debris until yesterday. I fact, I had commented on how debris-free the river was this year.


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It's the supermoon High and low tides Rick. Supermoon 2013: Biggest full moon of the year shines this weekend - latimes.com

Tides up here are running easy 3 ft higher then the usual 6ft

Tides for Burlington, N.J. starting with June 22, 2013.

Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

Sa 22 High 1:39 AM 9.1 5:31 AM Set 4:41 AM 96
22 Low 9:07 AM 0.5 8:32 PM Rise 7:45 PM
22 High 2:11 PM 7.6
22 Low 9:12 PM 0.4

Su 23 High 2:32 AM 9.2 5:31 AM Set 5:46 AM 99
23 Low 10:02 AM 0.3 8:32 PM Rise 8:43 PM
23 High 3:05 PM 7.7
23 Low 10:07 PM 0.4

M 24 High 3:25 AM 9.2 5:31 AM Set 6:56 AM 99
24 Low 10:54 AM 0.2 8:33 PM Rise 9:33 PM
24 High 4:00 PM 7.7
24 Low 11:01 PM 0.3

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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

I'm aware of that. On our part of the river the tides are getting up to 7.5', as opposed to the normal 6.5'. But in the past debris wouldn't wash off the shores until things got to about 9.5', which usually requires a good heavy storm. IIRC, record high in Philly is 10.6', set (or at least tied) during Sandy. Irene was 10.5', and washed so much debris downriver that my boat was completely blocked in the slip by sticks. So the current high tidal swing didn't bring as much debris in the past few years.


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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Actually it probably is the unusual high tides which is washing down all the debris which may have happened within the last month.

It sounds like Denise's are 3 ft above normal.

The height of the high tide and past occurrences on only small factors in to future predictions. Another factor is the amount of debris created in the last month/ year since a similar high tide. In our area close by we have had an number of windstorms/ small deracho in the last thirty days, and a few tornados and waterspouts. There have been a lot of trees downed, unusual number in fact.

What other explanation do you have?


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We are having the same problems in the Hudson River. Lots of wood debris all of a sudden. Unusual weather too. But at least all the wood keeps the Jetskis away, LOL.

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Thank you, all this talk about floating debris is making me feel better about not being in the water!



I spent some time with the boat again on Saturday. I took advantage of the fact that she was out of the water and put the new name on. Of course, that meant that I first had to wash the hull (Awlwash) then clean the area where the name is to go, then get both sides aligned properly, etc. Then some Awlcare over everything. That "simple" job turned out to take from about 9:45 until a little after 1:00 PM. Then I replaced the gaskets and screens in 4 of the 6 opening ports. That, too, took longer than I expected, which is why only 4 got done. Then I made patterns for the dodger. That was an experience.

The engine was still off the boat, and I didn't see any obvious signs of it having been worked on. I called late last week to get a status update, but they didn't return my call which is a little disappointing. Hopefully I'll hear something today, otherwise I'll call them tomorrow.

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