We're in Mexico
, and we had a 92' aluminum
megayacht crash in to our davits
We had a crew working on the deck
. I was down in the aft cabin
with headphones on watching TV. Suddenly I heard some loud noises, and started to get up to investigate, when the boat
suddenly lurched and heeled over. I knew we were being hit, I figured a boat
was coming in to the slip next to us. I ran on deck
and saw this 92' boat smashing us into the dock
. Our davits
were bent all to port, there wasn't anything I could do. A moment later the boat backed away.
They went over and docked, I went over and asked for a copy of their passport, the ship registration
, and their insurance
. A woman pretended to be the owner, claimed she didn't know where the physical pieces of paper are, because her husband isn't there, and said she was emailing me the information. I waited and watched my phone
, but no emails came.
We're pretty sure the owner was drunk when they shuffled him off to a cab, promising to be back with paperwork from the "other marina". They emailed me the info later that night.
When I find out who the owner is, I google
him. He doesn't seem like a very reputable person. The way the whole thing went down, I figured he was going to try and run. The next morning I find out they worked late into the night (Sat), and Sun morning, to paint
over all the damage on their boat.
Luckily I have before pics, cover up pics, lots of pics. We have video from the marina showing him hit us. The locals have been very supportive.
So the damage to Volare seems like:
Davits are a total loss, the tubing has collapsed in several places
Stern rail, same.
Bow rail/pulpit, the dock
line pulled one side over collapsing it, total loss
Boarding ladder was crushed between the boat and the dock, total loss
damage where the ladder was crushed into the boat
damage around the davit backing plates
on the stern.
The guy who has plead guilty to tax evasion and paid millions in fines and been on probation, the guy who tried to install cameras in his daughters tanning salon
, is saying he thinks we're exaggerating the damage!
So we have pictures, we have video, we have witnesses, a retired USCG commander who saw it, we have a lloyds of london yacht manager who can attest to the condition of our boat before the accident
, we even have recent before pics that show none of this damage.
So they're sending a surveyor
down from San Diego
to review the damage. We're getting quotes.
We used to have Seaworthy
but they were bought by Geico. So far things have not been going as smoothly as we hoped.
Here's a link to the video. If anybody has any useful insight, from the video, or in a similar situation, please share.