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Re: Yard Storage charges for toppled boat
I'm sorry for your loss.
My advice is to have your insurance company deal with the yard. They certainly have a lot more experience and clout dealing with boat yards that have their insured boats in them.
A registered letter or any other demand from you will fall on deaf ears; they have their own priority and as you mentioned, the boats on the hard are way down the list.
Most likely your insurance company will declare the boat a total loss, so if you want to retain her, you'll have to buy it back from them. That will almost certainly come with a caveat to remove the boat from the yard and the country asap, which might help you. Or not, as the boat yard will just cut it up and haul it away if you can't do so within their schedule.
Remember, the whole island is in dire shape and pleasure boat repair materials are way down the list of import items. Work boats and charter boats are more of a priority.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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