This looks chillingly familiar - my boat was hit by a 58' 92 ton fishing
vessel last week while tied up at the dock
in Kingston, WA. The wind
was blowing 20 or so. We were making lunch and I happened to look out and saw this very large fishing
vessel maneuvering in the harbor just up wind
of my boat that was tied stern in (fortunately). I thought this doesn't look good - this vessel should not be where it is. I told my wife "get ready to abandon ship". A few minutes later I yelled "get off the boat, he is going to hit us!". We both ran off the boat just as his stern was blown into my anchor
. A crewman tried to put a ball in between his stern and my anchor
but it quickly compressed and then popped out. Now his stern was laying on my anchor. It stretched my dock
lines (which I had just tightened and double up due to the wind storm) and drove my stern into the dock. Then the skipper
powered up and drug across my anchor leaving a huge gouge across his stern. After he got free from me he ended up laying against the finger piers of the open slips next to me. Eventually the owner of the boat showed up and used a spring line to get the boat off the pilings. Quite a bit of excitement for quiet Kingston.
Then the next day I had a guy in a 26' Bayliner almost hit me and did end up crushing the power pod in the slip next to me as he came roaring in.
Then a few days later I discovered someone hit my car in the parking lot and drove away without leaving a note. Unfortunately I have the insurance
suspended on the car because we don't really drive it much so I guess I will be paying for that one.. unless I find the damaged vehicle in the parking lot with paint
to match the evidence left on my quarter panel.
The only good news is we have weathered 3 problems now so we should be in good shape for the rest of the winter.