I had my boat at Bayland Marina in Baytown TX and the whole damn thing floated off its pilings and sailed off down the bay. We have about 80 boats layed up on the bank mostly without major damage.The city of Baytown is going to charge us to put our boats back in the water
. Those without full coverage a beginning to worry if they will be able to afford it. The pilings were only 8-10 ft above water
at regular high tide.
I was lucky(sort of) my boat was stranded just 45 ft from the water. She took some heavy damage. The bobstay attachment was bent at a 45* angle and torn part way through the stem. My starboard sheet winch
was pulled out through the coaming and lost
and she lay beam on to the wind
and waves and beat a 2in by 3ft hole along her rub rail. Her port chain plates are bent and all the interior
wood on the port side was pushed in went the hull
finally chewed through.
I emptied the boat the day after the storm to leave nothing for looters. We owners and livaboards banded together and worked(armed) security
in 4-6hr shifts 24/7 for 23 days before the city finally got us a fence and 3days later an armed constable at the gate.
We had several run ins with a couple of local fat black women who demanded to know who we thought we were to keep them out of a public park. Well the sign did say the park was closed to the public. The police were called and they had somewhat less polite words for these people.
I stood up and blocked up "Turtle" my 1978 pacific Seacraft
25 right where she was still tied to her dock
and did all the repair work right there. I didn't want any rain to get in and do any more damage. We didn't have any rain for 3wks after the storm.
This past Saturday myself and 7-8 of the guys from the marina, livaboards and other owners, lay Turtle over on a big skid and muscled her to the water. It took 9hrs of brute grunt work to move her 45 ft over broken concrete and then soft marsh ground.
She is the only boat to back in the water since the morning after the storm. We got 4 other boats away from their docks before the water receeded and could have gotten several more but were unable to do it due to not having anything to tow with in the strong winds.
In my opinion the docks failed because the pilings were to short. The city is of course claiming it was an act of god and they aren't responsible to put our boats back in the water. The entire hurricane
prep from the marina management was "Lock the door when you leave". The only boat management tied up is also the only boat to have been sunk. When asked for a security
guard the answer was "I'm not sure if thats my responsibility".
I am free to go with my boat but I am so sad to have to leave what I think was one of the best small marina communities ever....................m