So I get home from work last night about 5PM, sit with my son to help with the maths and about 5:30 our boat mechanic
"Mr. Dan. Something happened to your boat."
"Maybe something hit it near the bow."
"Is it sinking?"
"No. it can probably be OK till tomorrow but I wanted you to know."
Ok - I won't put the whole dialog in but long story short, it's not sinking but it needs a look at. I think maybe I'll go over Friday but curiosity really has me going. I have a conference call at 10PM so a run out and back should be OK.
Well, I get to the boat on the mooring
and both rails of the bow pulpit are laying over to starboard about 30 degrees. The forward mount on the starboard side has failed the bolt, the aft moount on the starboard side didn't fail the bolt but pulled completely out of the deck
pulling a hefty chunk of fiberglass
with it. The port sides are attached but lifted from the bedding compound and when I get it off I am gonna bet on some fiberglass
damage as well as partial bolt failure.
A real close examination revealed no major collision
damage but right on the point of the bow mid way from the water
line to the top of the bow is a nice chunk missing with a large smudge of grey paint
Near as I can figure someone hit us dead on the bow, locked horns with the pulpits and ripped the crap out of mine getting off.
The club sends a "security" boat around twice a day primarily to run off birds and to check mooring
lines to the boats. If they checked properly yesterday morning then it had to happen during the day yesterday. That's unlikely as someone would have noticed that. We are only 40 meters off the club dock
. More than likely happened Wednesday night sometime.
The difficult bit will be to repair the pulpit. It looks like someone ran over it with a car and may have to be completely remanufactured $$$. The fiberglass work shouldn't be too bad.
I am contemplating filing a police report tonight, just to go on record
so if I see a grey boat with a damaged bow I can fry his ass - who knows he might even get a caning
The stupid part is, everyone in Singapore
is supposed to have liability insurance
. I can't get comprehensive on a boat this old so a note would have been nice - sorry about your boat - a decent fix and a ~$700 claim.
I sure would like to get this guy in a corner for 30 minutes or so