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I imagine the images will also destroy any feeling of security that boat owners might have had that their boats will be OK and have been safely stored when they come back down for the winter season.

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Where does one dispose of all of that wrecked fiberglass on relatively small islands?
Previous experience says they will be lifted onto salvage barges and dumped in deep water.
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Previous experience says they will be lifted onto salvage barges and dumped in deep water.
Is that a fact? Certainly can't imagine them doing that in the US. You might impound something, but to send someone's property to the bottom of the ocean would drive some lawsuits, I would think.


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Is that a fact? Certainly can't imagine them doing that in the US. You might impound something, but to send someone's property to the bottom of the ocean would drive some lawsuits, I would think.
After the insurance companies settle with the owners, the boat belongs to the insurance companies. Assuming it was totaled, of course.

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After the insurance companies settle with the owners, the boat belongs to the insurance companies. Assuming it was totaled, of course.
That's true, but that takes a little while and I would think the insurance company would try to sell the scrap first.

I'm lead to believe that at least half wouldn't have insurance, but they are still the legal owner, even if their hulk is now worth little more that the value of her winches and mast. How can they toss it to the deep blue? I'm sure there are some who don't care and consider it an exit strategy, but not all.


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That's true, but that takes a little while and I would think the insurance company would try to sell the scrap first.

I'm lead to believe that at least half wouldn't have insurance, but they are still the legal owner, even if their hulk is now worth little more that the value of her winches and mast. How can they toss it to the deep blue? I'm sure there are some who don't care and consider it an exit strategy, but not all.
Seriously.... boats trashed as we see... flooded if not sunk... not much value in salvage of old rigging, deck hardware and the like.

The property owners and the authorities will want this all cleaned up as soon as possible. Many to most will be write offs... and there will be little time to salvage in any case... Some of course can be repaired and insurance adjusters will figure that one out. Where will these barely seaworthy yachts be repaired?

I think they will bring in a barge using a big crane and pick most of the messed up hulls and tow them out to sea and sink them. Even hoisting will be costly.

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Leading to heated debates amongst future archaeologists.

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Leading to heated debates amongst future archaeologists.
I still think it would be a good idea for the local governments to take a few of the damaged hulls and make some artificial reefs for the tourist snorkelers and divers. It would take pressure off the natural reefs and provide haven for more fish and other Marine animals.They could name them IRMA Reef and/or Maria Reef Exhibit A: https://youtu.be/mlvsuCMq6Ss?t=4m47s
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Seeing large catamarans that have been flipped over is also incredible. I've seen countless examples of turtled cats.
Certainly interesting with. My thoughts on my next boat in a few years.

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