Just thought I'd share some thoughts and pics. Mods feel free to move this thread if needed.
Yesterday (Sunday) I was finally able to ride down to my marina to find out what happened to Sailor’s Soul. I was hoping for the best but, after a week of worry, ready to accept she may have been lost
to the Hurricane
Sandy. My marina is just north of Long Beach, which was utterly decimated by the storm. With only a gallon and a half of fuel
in my bike (and no place to refill) I rode
down to the South Shore. Island Park was hit very very hard by the storm. The large commercial marinas
looked barren. Their boats were either knocked off their mounts or strewn along the city streets. As I neared my marina my heart sank. I only saw two masts up (out of the usual six). I gunned the throttle around the corner and raced to the entrance. Entire sections of docks were strewn across the street blocking the entrance. I parked the bike, climbed over the damaged wood and ran to the water’s edge. The piers that held up to sixteen boats just a week before was completely wiped away. All that remained were a few pilings and five boats, three powerboats and two sailboats. One of them was Sailor’s Soul.
I was so elated to see her afloat that at first, I did not notice any damage. Then after a few minutes, I saw her port side. She suffered two deep gashes on her forward and midship deck
Her starboard side deck
joint also received some damage when the rub rail failed and was cracked off, but nothing as sever as the port side.
Most surprisingly, the interior
was completely dry. The bilge
has its normal 1-2 inches of water
and there were no incoming drips or leaks
. The rig stayed up and there was no torque or twisted stays, even though learned that my neighbor’s Hunter
kept swinging its rig into mine (The hunter
was eventually dis-masted by my boat’s mast). The engine
started right up and engaging forward and reversed did not produce any strange vibrations. The electrical
worked and the rudder
felt normal. All I could do yesterday was stuff rolled plastic tarps into the holes to try to keep water
out in the event or rain or snow. I’m going to have to make all her repairs
on the water as there are not longer any operating marinas
in the area.
I am very proud of Sailor’s Soul. She weathered the storm significantly better than the other ships in the area. I was speaking with the marina owner and he was telling me that, apparently, all the ships were weathering the storm just fine. They rose up in the surge and all their lines were holding. Then a large fishing trawler
from the marina next door broke free from its lines (I’m willing to bet the owner didn't even bother to add any additional docklines
). The trawler
then began bumping into EVERY
boat at my place. Tearing up docks, snapping dock
lines and causing utter destruction along the way. The Hunter next to me pulled its piling, snapped it’s lines, my lines and dis-masted. Amazingly in all the chaos, Sailor’s Soul’s anchor
was freed from its cradle
. It bit into the channel floor and held my boat just off the shallows. She actually anchored herself with a 24lb Danforth, 40ft of chain and 200 feet of nylon rode! Man I’m proud!!!
is still holing in the channel and is being used to eventually kedge off another hard grounded sailboat.
Thanks for listening and hope you all enjoyed reading.