Yesterday it rained all day. It didn't just rain, it came down 'buckets' and very hard. Then the wind picked up. Very hard.
There were a few short windows of time throughout the day that allowed us to go outside without getting wet. We saw a boat with only one rope tied, the other not, leaving the boat loose on the middle dock in front of the gas pump. Of course at this moment, it was raining 'buckets'. Wait a few minutes to see if the rain stops to rescue it 'dry'? No, the wind was too strong, if one side was tied so poorly, the other side might be as well and the boat could entirely get loose. The boat was our work pontoon, last tied up by contractors who used it on Friday. Of course within five minutes of securing the boat, the rain stopped again (briefly).
We put dinner aside to cook later once it became clear that the rain had stopped, we ventured out for a 'dock walk' to assess damage.
Cottagers on Anstruther in particular are very familiar with boating but in walking the docks, it's clear that there are many that were either in a big hurry to leave and tied their boats carelessly or they choose to use less than ideal knots. Please -- for the sake of your boat and your slip neighbours -- ask and we can show you the knot that will reduce risk of damage. This year along there have been three insurance claims as a result of significant damage caused by a neighbouring boat.
The wind blew toward the slips from the south. The whitecaps swelled like an ocean. We came across one boat that was close to sinking and spent time bailing so it was safe, keeping a steady balance was hard with the waves. We were unable to bail all that needed it last night because we lost daylight and with the wind and rocking docks, safety was also a concern. We did finish walking all boatdocks last night to ensure that we had a full assessment. Staff spent the better part of the morning bailing boats.
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