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Old 09-16-2020, 12:26 PM
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From the images I have seen, there must be hundreds if not thousands of severely damaged boats to Hurricane Sally. What a tough time in the boat market for these folks to be seeking replacement boats. I hope this goes well for everyone and doesnít just add to their frustration. Prices are high and inventories are low. And all these damaged boat docks are going to be confronted with these record lumber prices.

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09-16-2020, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by mtwilling View Post
From the images I have seen, there must be hundreds if not thousands of severely damaged boats to Hurricane Sally. What a tough time in the boat market for these folks to be seeking replacement boats. I hope this goes well for everyone and doesnít just add to their frustration. Prices are high and inventories are low. And all these damaged boat docks are going to be confronted with these record lumber prices.
Really feel sorry for these people, this storm is moving so slow but.....
I don't understand why I'm seeing smaller center console & bay boats that are easily trailer able sitting on lifts just waiting to be destroyed. Can't wait for my insurance rates to be jacked up again next year.

Load them up on a trailer and get them out for gods sake.
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Originally Posted by mtwilling View Post
From the images I have seen, there must be hundreds if not thousands of severely damaged boats to Hurricane Sally. What a tough time in the boat market for these folks to be seeking replacement boats. I hope this goes well for everyone and doesnít just add to their frustration. Prices are high and inventories are low. And all these damaged boat docks are going to be confronted with these record lumber prices.
Really feel sorry for these people, this storm is moving so slow but.....
I don't understand why I'm seeing smaller center console & bay boats that are easily trailer able sitting on lifts just waiting to be destroyed. Can't wait for my insurance rates to be jacked up again next year.

Load them up on a trailer and get them out for gods sake.
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excatly why I bought a trailer for my 330 express. anything bad comes my way pull it out. I dont understand people that don't secure there boats.
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Old 09-16-2020, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by lurker25 View Post
Really feel sorry for these people, this storm is moving so slow but.....
I don't understand why I'm seeing smaller center console & bay boats that are easily trailer able sitting on lifts just waiting to be destroyed. Can't wait for my insurance rates to be jacked up again next year.

Load them up on a trailer and get them out for gods sake.
My boats on the lift and itís fine. But conditions are way worse than what was expected and predicted for a Cat 1 storm that hit landfall 100 miles from here.
If it was a direct hit or a stronger storm I would have normally hauled out. Just about everyone around here feels the same way and was caught by surprise. Still pounding us as I write this for over a day and a half now.
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Old 09-16-2020, 01:33 PM
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Pulled mine from the lift. Put it in locked and gated storage. Canít even get to it because damage is so extensive itís inaccessible. Be a few days before I can get to see it.
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Originally Posted by ucf_motorcycle View Post
My boats on the lift and itís fine. But conditions are way worse than what was expected and predicted for a Cat 1 storm that hit landfall 100 miles from here.
If it was a direct hit or a stronger storm I would have normally hauled out. Just about everyone around here feels the same way and was caught by surprise. Still pounding us as I write this for over a day and a half now.
You are right. Was offshore here for so long that by the time forecast changed it was too late to pull boats.
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So sad to see. I saw video of a big sportfish sitting next to a road. I think the storm surprised a lot of folks. I was concerned when I saw the pressure drop the way it did before landfall. I'll bet it was near the equivalent of a Cat 3 when it came ashore.

Hope everyone is safe...Stuff can be replaced.
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This statement is a little late, but one practice those of us who pull our boats out on a trailer in the event of a hurricane should always secure the boat to the trailer, bow and transom, and block the wheels very well, possibly even lowering the pressure on the tires if you have a compressor near by. In my case, if the boat and trailer was outside I would find a way to anchor and strap the rig to the ground. The wind in a hurricane is a real problem, but the water, especially if it's moving can be the most destructive element to deal with.
I mentioned earlier in this or another thread I had experienced Hurricane Audrey in 1957, which killed over 400 people in Cameron, La. alone. My experience was from going there with our church from a neighboring community to help clean up and deal with the dead. Almost the entire population was killed, and the only survivors were above the second floor of the courthouse, since Cameron was the county seat of Cameron Parish. Needless to say I do not take a hurricane for granted and would never consider "riding out" one. The best practice any of us can have when we know we may be in the path of a hurricane is to secure everything the best we can, and get out of it's path if at all possible.
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exactly. small boats I know.
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are the chains and cables for theft or to build mass to make them harder to move by wind and water?
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I foresee lots of craigslist ads for nice boats, barely used, low motor hours, etc.
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Originally Posted by ucf_motorcycle View Post
My boats on the lift and itís fine. But conditions are way worse than what was expected and predicted for a Cat 1 storm that hit landfall 100 miles from here.
If it was a direct hit or a stronger storm I would have normally hauled out. Just about everyone around here feels the same way and was caught by surprise. Still pounding us as I write this for over a day and a half now.
Did they miss on the forcecast?
News I have seen say it was a Cat 2
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Originally Posted by Bullshipper View Post
Did they miss on the forcecast?
News I have seen say it was a Cat 2
By the time it said that it was already there.

Many people donít have trailers. Others are snowbirds and donít live down south during the summer.

Iíd be interested to hear how many actually got damaged on a lift if they raised it up and tied it down. So long as it doesnít float off the lift, this storm wouldnít blow it off.

Usually itís the ones in the water that get destroyed.
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I'm in Wilmington NC.

Any threat? It's out of the slip in on the trailer to the driveway.

Our insurance premium just went up dramatically (guessing because of the losses since Florence)

We pay for others laziness/stupidity/it won't happen to me crowd.
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Originally Posted by Bullshipper View Post
Did they miss on the forcecast?
News I have seen say it was a Cat 2
they missed on the projected landfall big time. They were calling for it to hit the Mississippi/Louisiana border. People in those areas prepared. It turned sooner and just sat making it hard for people to prepare.
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Originally Posted by 69Mach390 View Post
By the time it said that it was already there.

Many people don’t have trailers. Others are snowbirds and don’t live down south during the summer.

I’d be interested to hear how many actually got damaged on a lift if they raised it up and tied it down. So long as it doesn’t float off the lift, this storm wouldn’t blow it off.

Usually it’s the ones in the water that get destroyed.










When the forecast turned East late Monday, my buddy drove 3 hours each way to his condo in Orange Beach where his boat was on a lift to trailer it home to safety. This is the marina behind his condo this morning. 15 ish stayed on lifts, all had significant damage. Based on other photos I’ve seen as well, the rate of damaged, destroyed, or sunk boats that stayed on lifts was quite high, much higher than you speculated in fact.

The boats that are apparently ok in the photos have other boats rammed under or into them. The damaged or lost rate on lifts right there is 100%.
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Thanks for the pics!

Ouch, looks like they floated off the lifts, or like you said others floated off and rammed into them. Had everyone tied to the lifts at least theyíd only damage their own boats, or maybe not if it didnít get much higher.
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So sad. May God protect everyone in. the path of this storm and provide the help needed to recover.
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Sad but I guess folks have more to worry about than a boat, personal belongings, homes, cars, etc.


Hate it but I would do what I could but main thing is make sure insurance is enough to cover a total loss. At that point who cares, still just a boat and not a necessity
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Originally Posted by 69Mach390 View Post
Others are snowbirds and donít live down south during the summer.
We are full time in an >55 community with 585 homes, most on canals and a lot of boats, all on lifts. We are on the mainland, with Estero and San Carlos islands as wave breaks, but we are only 2nm from the GOM on direct salt water.

Over 70% of the residents are snowbirds who are gone from April or May to Nov, Dec or Jan. Most do absolutely nothing to prepare their boats. A few raise the lift a foot or so, and a few tie the lift cradles to the pilings, but I havenít seen a single boat that was raised high enough or strapped down to the lift. Many of the pontoons are left with the Bimini top up.

I lived on the Atlantic coast - NYC growing up, and 44 years in Norfolk/Virginia Beach before moving to FMB in 2016. With 28 years in the USN, I have seen hurricanes on land and at sea, so I have a certain perspective. Very few of our residents, whether FT or seasonal, are coastal folks. Almost all are midwesterners who have absolutely no appreciation for the impact of a tropical storm or a hurricane - just not something in their life experiences.

I would never expect one of our snowbirds to drive or fly down here with a named storm approaching to take actions to protect their boat. The time to do that was several months ago, before they headed north. The same for all those who leave their boat sitting unprepared anywhere along the rest of the Gulf Coast.

Sorry to see all the destruction, and only the best wishes for recovery for all those affected.


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