no vessels in our marina during Charley or Frances, and overall the damage to vessels was minor .... but .... ya just gotta wonder about anyone that would tie off a 42' sport fisher
with 3/8" line! Stories continue to come in to me each day, yesterday heard from a fellow with a tri, tied off to the mangroves and set 4 anchors, said the boat was riding just fine .... till a 19' flats boat that had come loose, hit it doing about 30 knots, and holed the port ama. Another acquaitaince from Port Charlotte said that a neighbor went from his house to his boat on the canal during Charley, to adjust the lines ... they don't know what struck him, but he was found dead.
As for insurance
... you have to hear the stories to believe them! Have had 3 customers tell me that their insurance
company is claiming that they were canceled (without reason or notice) the month before .... clearly trying to weasel out of paying. Another told me this "since the eye of the hurricane
did not pass directly over your boat, you were not damaged by a hurricane
... it was wind
damage, and although you are insured against hurricanes, you are not insured against wind
damage". The boat was about 8 miles from the eye, and wind speeds were over 120 mph.
Just to add insult to injury, after Frances left, the following weekend we had 4 boats struck by lightning
in a 20 minute span of time ... all suffered damage, one with a hole blown out the hull
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