We've been struck at anchor
, too. It's a terrible violation when the boat is damaged and you personally didn't cause it. I have sympathy for Yachtsplinter in his distress
I do believe using the local cruiser VHF
net will probably do the most good for him, that's where the local eyes are that will help him. And thanks, SailorBoy1 for the suggestion, too, and Boatman61, too.
I understand the desire to envision the situation clearly, however, I, too, am just wondering about all we can't know about. I'm not saying Marifla handled the situation well, but we really don't know the skipper's intentions, which may be to return and pony up, and may not. I suspect that the lawyer is wealthier than YachtSplinter, and it is a trivial amount of money
represented here, trivial to a wealthy man. I don't think he needs to run away. In fact, if there is all the "honesty" stuff in Swiss law, then, that man knows he's coming back to tidy up the issue.
It is not necessary to always assume the worst of others, and indeed, may draw from them the very behavior you wish to avoid. I think we should not condemn Marifla's skipper
because of a missed communication. We really do not know what was said, only what one person reported.
The driver of the boat that struck us was drunk. He had no insurance
, not even a mobile phone
or a postal address. Yet, his family
pitched in, and a proper professional repair of the damage was made, at no out of pocket costs to us.
Yes, for sure, next time (and I hope there isn't one) get the insurance
details. Work out the situation completely from the beginning. That is a good, constructive takeaway from this occurrence.
But for now, perhaps it is just better to help YachtSplinter by being his eyes,
and not vilify Gerard in public.
On edit, I, too, would be interested to see pics of the damage, and to learn what will be involved in the repairs
: in our case it involved 10 days tied up where the scarfing and epoxying could be done prior to the painting. I think it will help YachtSplinter, also, to find a craftsperson who can properly repair his boat, or perhaps he can do it himself, since he built her? Good luck with it, YS, not an easy time, just now.