Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bad things happen all the time

Bad things happen all the time. Tom Kiley shares this report from earlier in October:

I got the call in the AM from one of our Concordia customers informing us that his yawl had broken free from its mooring in Bar Harbor and was now ashore in Hulls Cove. A team of five of us was sent to put a temporary plywood patch on the boat and re-float it at high tide later that night around 7pm.

If there was any silver lining in this dark cloud we found it. There was an excavator on the beach at the bottom of a 60 foot cliff where the boat was now lying. It righted the boat without a scratch allowing jack stands to be put under it and get the boat off the granite. It was being used to build the granite cribbing for a dock. Also there was a barge with twin engines and spuds nearby assisting with the new pier.

Our job was to patch the boat and get it to a ramp and hauled out ASAP. We had hired a boat hauler who was willing to haul us in the middle of the night if necessary. By 7pm we were floating on our own without a drop coming thru the temporary patch. We had no power or lights as the boat had been submerged on the earlier high tide and all systems were destroyed.

The barge towed us on the hip for 90 minutes to the Trenton ramp where the truck and hydraulic trailer were ready to load the wounded boat. By 9:30pm we were out on the hard and by 10pm the spars were out and secured and the boat went off into the darkness up Rte 3. I was home by midnight.

Check your ground tackle; it only was blowing 20 - 22 from the NE.

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At 6:31 PM, Blogger Gary said...

Nice job and a quick response. Godd work! Sorry to see the boat damaged.


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