Originally Posted by RabidRabbit
So what happened?
Long story long. I had a haul out
date at St Augustine Marine Center months in advance. I told them at that time I was single
handing and would need help at the dock
and then later at the Travelift. I called the day before the haulout and told them again. About an hour out, I lost
. I called and told them I would be coming in alone with one engine
and would need help docking
. They said fine, we will see you there. I called them again 15 minutes out and they said they were ready. I arrived at the dock and nobody was there. I docked the boat myself and 5 minutes later a couple of their guys showed up completely unaware of the situation. And pretty unconcerned about it.
The haul out
was scheduled for an hour later. One of their guys came down
an hour later, told me that everything was a go, pushed me off, jumped on the boat and we headed to the Travelift. As I passed by the travellift upriver to turn around so I would be heading against the current
was running pretty good) I noticed there wasn't anybody at the lift
. I asked the guy on the boat where everybody was, and he said they would be there. I turned around and headed down river to the lift and still there was nobody there. I figured I had one chance to get into the lift( I was afraid of losing my remaining engine) so I went for it. The guy on the boat guided me in, and said I was fine, motioned me ahead right into a 2X8 on the side of the lift channel causing about $1500 in damage to my rub rail. Still there was nobody at the Travelift. I tied off the boat and 5 minutes later one guy showed up.
Anyway after an hour of talking amongst themselves in various huddles around the yard, someone finally decided that they didn't have the slightest responsibility in the matter. I thought at least they would split the repairs
with me, but no. I told them to splash the boat and I left.
Currently, I'm hauled out at Oasis Marine. They have a 50 ton Travelift with a maximum of 21 foot beam. My cat is 20'10" wide and with the help of 7 guys we hauled the boat without a problem. A marina that cares. What a concept