dude..... STOP and think.
do not put that boat in the water. do not do anything.
ANY decision you make can and will be used against you by the insurance companies (yours and theirs) and the yard.
step 1. take as many pictues as possible with a VERY high res camera
. if you dont have at least 12 megapixels go buy a camera
and do NOT cheap
out. every inch of the boat from every angle close ups of damage you can see. pics of the haul out
area, travel lift everything.
step 2. document the incident as you saw it and as they explained it. draw diagrams and relate to the pictures you took (ie. at 9:12 am on november 1, 2011 the travel lift (pic_00009.jpg) turned left at the end of the haul out
area (pic_00127.jpg) when all hell broke loose...)
step 3. get that document notarized
step 4. call your insurance company.
do NOT splash the boat and do NOT allow another company to touch the boat. do NOT let a surveyor touch the boat (other than to do an external survey).
accidents happen and 1 way or the other the yard will make this right (you may need to sue) so dont fret and do not assume the yard will do crap work. it is in the yards best interest to make u whole.
after talking to your insurance and you have a go ahead, get a suveyor as other's have suggested. make sure all parties are present during the survey
and all acknowledge the surveyor's findings. they do not have to agree but that do need to acknowledge that he says 'there is a crack in the hull here which is a result of the fall' so they cant say 'oh, that was not there or that is new damage or the owner did that by climbing into the boat while on the ground' or whatever.
it would b a good use of your time to find a good lawyer now and present the situation and pics and share all the info. the few hundred bucks will b well spent now so that, if you need him, heis ready to acty instantly. if the **** hit the fan, u dont want to search for a lawyer and bring him up to speed when what u need to someone to get on top of the situation ASAFP.
you need to understand. anything you do equates to assuming some percentage of liability. so... DO NOTHING!
1 last thing. DO NOT ever ever ever talk **** about the yard until this is 100% done. any liable can be used against you if u have to sue.
did u hear the part where i told u to do nothing?