Thanks to all of my readers for the emails of support as Lady Bug has coped with this storm; the winds in the marina topped out at 60 knots, with gusts to 75 knots out at Angel Island. Actually, I only got one email but it was a doozy.
I'm down at the "A" dock and, by all apearances, Lady Bug seems well and content floating nicely on her lines.
Carroll E's bow pulpit seems to have bore the brunt of the derelict cabin cruiser across and windward to me losing the top appendage of its bridge top! The damage makes for an interesting case study of dynamic load transfer via fiberglass, wood and glass traveling by means of 60 knot winds. This shines a new light on my opinion of some of our neighbor boats. Arghh! Could have been worse, but still....arghh!
I'll be having a ceremony tomorrow for what remains of my bow, running light.
B.T.W.. Congrats on landing a spot in the Pac Cup!
Strange things happen on the Bay when the winds come from the South. Things bang and things crack and usually slack docklines are now taking the brunt of the storm. More chafing and more carnage. I've long been suspicious of our derelict neighbor to the West and now realize that this boat is just a danger to all around her.
Apparently, this beast's open cabin top had been positioned for maximum windage and at the height of the storm (aforementioned 60 knot blasts) took flight and creamed Chris' pulpit. I went down today to check on things, inspect docklines and tidy up. But mostly I wanted to see what the heck happened. The scariest part is that the derelict's windshield was made of glass. Not safety glass, not tempered glass, just plain old glass. Imagine those shards flying around at 60 knots....eek.
Honestly, the boat looks better without her "bridge" but that isn't saying much.
Here's an old shot of the derelict from a storm last winter when I blogged about replacing her docklines:
You can kind of tell the piece that flew off. I only had my cameraphone with me and it didn't appear to save the picture I took of the pile of debris that the marina guys cleaned up. But it's kind of freaky to see parts of a boat littering about the marina. Luckily for Chris, his boat was made by Pacific Seacraft and it withstood the brunt of the damage with just some bent screws and small gouges in wood.