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post #21 of 25 Old 09-23-2017
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Re: Yachts Damaged on St. Martin after Hurricane IRMA

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....The property owners and the authorities will want this all cleaned up as soon as possible......
you've been to these islands, I recall. While it will get cleaned up, I neither think it will be fast, nor thorough. Hazards to navigation will be removed. Junk hulls lying on a beach will take a long time in some places. Hulls that fell off their stands in marinas are going to be tricky. Storage was paid for, but the hull is severely damaged. I don't see them being legally tossed, nor many of the owners rushing to repair them. Some will become abandon afte their storage fee runs out. Not sure of the process down there to deal with that. Here it can't take years for the marina to get title and the right to dispose.


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Here it can't take years for the marina to get title and the right to dispose.
In FL it takes about 6 weeks to file paperwork, post legals, have an auction, and get a clear title in your (or whoever wins the auction) name. I have done it at my auto repair shop for repair bills. It is the same procedure here for storage fees.
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Re: Yachts Damaged on St. Martin after Hurricane IRMA

Fibreglass boats are no good for man-made reefs as they tend to move about.

Anyway, St Martin has quite a number already. Gets to a point that natural might be better than adding rubbish to nature on purpose.

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Re: Yachts Damaged on St. Martin after Hurricane IRMA

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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.
It was certainly done post Hugo. Most of the boats were sunk or awash. I guess the local harbor authorities have the right to remove obstructions. People were unscrewing bits as the barge chugged out to the dumping grounds.

What else can they do with them.

Damaged boats in boatyard will be trickier but there will be pressure to make space for incoming boats replenishing the charter fleets.

It was raining and I looked at some youtube drone footage of the lagoon and Oyster pond in St Marten. I was struck by the number of broken masts. There are a LOT of boats that look OK except that the mast is over the side or on the ground.
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Fibreglass boats are no good for man-made reefs as they tend to move about.
Even the 500' Spiegel Grove moved during hurricane Dennis (rolled 90deg to upright). As much as I'd like to see more reefs and the sea life that inhabits them, I'd hate to see them become hazards to navigation. Not to mention it takes a lot of prep work to "clean" a hull properly so that it doesn't do more harm than good to the environment.
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