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02-14-2004 11:19 PM
BigRed56
HELP!!! Boat Down!!!

Ahoy ye soggy sailor, I be de Pirate of Pine Island and I thinks she''ll be just fine give her a good drying out and sail her to Florida to make your peace wit her. Me vessel been under enough times dat I''s don''t even mind seen de water sloshing over de bunks no more. Dem water marks give em character. AARRGGHH
02-14-2004 08:00 PM
sailnaway
HELP!!! Boat Down!!!

Keep in lind that some things on your boat may be sandwich core decks ect. When she sets under pressure say at even five or six feet if you could dive on her you would see tiny bubbles coming out wevey where you could think of and allot of places you cant think of. The batteries will do allot of dammage to wire and anything close to them for up to a week as the acid thins out they still can and do make some voltage and it eats things metal up. The wire is shot cushions plywood bulkheads go for the total.
02-12-2004 07:51 PM
msl
HELP!!! Boat Down!!!

I think you are fortunate, in a way, because your insurance will cover most of your loss. I know that my boat policy does not cover damages if caused by freezing. A frozen fitting that results in sinking of my boat is regarded by the carrier as negligence.
Last year a boat at our marina sank after the lake thawed enough to let water enter through a busted through hull...their insurance covered only liability for damages to the docks.
msl
02-12-2004 07:32 PM
hamiam
HELP!!! Boat Down!!!

Ive had (too) much experience with insurance adjusters. No fault of their own but they have the insurance company''s best interests in mind and not your best interests. From your posts, I would suggest that you hire a local surveyor, have him look at the boat and give you an opinion. As for what will probably need to be replaced, the list is almost endless as between the water, the salt in the water, the freezing temps, and any silt that got in most things electric and mechanical will need to be in the least flushed and dried and in the worst replaced. Im sorry to have to tell you this but I would hate to see you pour alot of money into a boat that may never be the same. Good luck and at least talk to a surveyor.
02-11-2004 11:18 AM
gwp
HELP!!! Boat Down!!!

Though you are emotionally attached.....and believe me, I know the feeling.....a boat is just a hunk of fiberglass floating some stuff inside. Just thank God that it was insured and no one was hurt. Since you hadn''t even sailed it yet, who knows???? Perhaps it would have given you lots of trouble later. Buy you another boat and move on. Best of luck.....Gary
02-11-2004 09:17 AM
capttb
HELP!!! Boat Down!!!

My condolences, I''ve had nightmares about your experience. For interesting reading about why boats sink look at:
http://www.boatus.com/seaworthy/sinking/default.asp
02-11-2004 08:24 AM
newuser
HELP!!! Boat Down!!!

not an expert but I would expect anything that is electronic,any and all wiring(this includes the engine and components)the things will work for a while until the corrosion gets it sorry I couldn''t be more positive.
02-11-2004 07:53 AM
MDDesperado
HELP!!! Boat Down!!!

My boat was raised on Monday after four days under, and the engine''s been flushed and pickled, but not started.

According to the adjuster, he''s waiting for some preliminary repair estimates from a local company before deciding whether to see how much $$$ will be involved in just firing up the Perkins 4-108 and going from there.

I''m surprised just how little damage was apparent. I expected the worst, and was pleased that other then being very dirty and except for some sagging headliner in a couple of places, she looked pretty good. Wishing thinking, perhaps, but that was my initial reaction.

The adjuster seems to think $30K is perhaps the magic number: more than that she''ll be totalled, less they''ll go for repairs.

As long as the engine works and there''s no structural damage, I''d be all for fixing her.

If that happens, what repairs will be necessary? Will she have to be totally rewired, for example? What about all the instrumention? And engine add-ons such as alternator, pumps, starter, harness, etc.

AD/DC distribution panels? Lights, etc.

What kinds of things would you expect will need to be replaced? And are they ever repaired?

Thanks.
02-08-2004 07:38 PM
hamiam
HELP!!! Boat Down!!!

I''ve lost 2 boats to hurricanes so I can feel for your emotional loss. Its been my experience that, no matter what, unfortuntately, you will be out money, time, and effort. I have to question the thinking behind keeping your boat in the water in an area that ices over. You should CAREFULLY read your policy; it may or may not converage environment damage, sinking due to a blown thru-hull etc. No question in my mind that the boat will be a total loss, sorry.
02-08-2004 11:47 AM
MDDesperado
HELP!!! Boat Down!!!

I traveled on a state-owned ice-breaker out to the mooring field on Friday morning and confirmed that it was my boat.

The hold-up now in getting her up is the guy with the barge and crane will not attempt recovery until Monday at the earliest. I''m told he makes no more for emergencies or bad weather, so he''s not interested in doing anything on the weekends or in bad weather.

The adjuster on Friday told me that he''s pretty sure she''ll be a total loss. He said that if a boat goes down in the summer and they get her back up within about a day, they save about 8 out of 10. He says they get them on land, open them up, have professionals work on cleaning and drying them out and if the engine snaps back, they''ll often opt to repair a boat.

But that''s not the case with mine. She''ll be down at least four days, and once she''s back on land, the cold and possibly wet weather makes the likelihood of saving her pretty slim.

Of course, the insurance company is going to look at what''s the cheapest way out...and they can offset a settlement to me with whatever they can sell her for as salvage.

The entire episode has felt like a heavy kick in my gut. It''s as if a beloved family member is in serious trouble and I''m unable to help.

We develop such strong emotional ties to our boats...perhaps it''s because they''re at the centerpiece of many fond memories and good times...perhaps it''s because we know they''re a safeharbor that can protect us from harm when things turn bad on the water...perhaps it''s because we call ourselves "sailors," people who in pursuit of adventure willing challenge ourselves against that mecurial thing called nature and sometimes the worst she can dish out. A little of this...a lot of that. Who knows why we have such strong bonds with our boats...but we do.




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