05 January 2008

Wind, That Horrible Wind

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.

Ahoy neighbor,

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.


Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear that your boat didn't get busted.

Wind is not horrible. Sometimes we're just not equipped to handle it. Even then there's the silver lining...whatever failed was our fault, and we learn. Hopefully we're not bleeding!

Lonnie Bruner said...

What kind of marina owners do you have that they would allow an abandoned boat to stay there so long?

Glad your boat's ok.

WeSailFurther said...

I was thinking of you all today as I got sail 2 in in almost no wind...our Weather Channel forecasts couldn't have been more different.


Carol Anne said...

I'm guessing that the derelict's slip rental is paid up, so it isn't going anywhere ... at least in New Mexico, if the boat owner is delinquent on rent, the marina owner can, after jumping through the appropriate hoops and completing the right paperwork, sell the boat to pay the back rent.

Something that strikes me about this particular boat: It has lovely classic lines. If somebody really cared about it, it could be a beautiful old-timey motor launch. It's a pity it's being neglected. Now it's going to cost some pretty big bucks to restore its beauty.

Pat said...

Fixed up, the bad boat could turn into a nice race committee boat.

Stripped of hazardous material, and re-located somewhere several feet lower than it's present elevation relative to sea level, it could make good fish habitat.

Pat said...

its not it's sorry