I read that Malcious mischief link, but don't think it applies here.
The boat owner/operator didn't hit me or my neighbor's dock
on purpose, he's just an old fart with no clue of what he's doing.
When talking with him after the crash, he didn't seem to think any of what had happened was anything out of the ordinary.
When it started to sink in what he'd done, he got hostile and wouldn't give me his insurance company info. It took a call to the county sheriff and filing an on site inspection
and report to obtain it.
I may wind
up fixing this myself, but if so, minaret has been a lot of help in giving his professional advice on how to proceed.
For that, I am very thankful.