Since posting the earlier photos of Provo after Hurricane Ike we have received a lot of emails from people presently off-island who have asked about their boats stored at the Caicos Marina and Boatyard. The marina is not answering their phone. This is because the power is out. Being boat-owners ourselves, we understand their concerns and so this afternoon we took a trip out there to check it out.
First, the Caicos Marina is not presently very easy to get to. I would not try it in a standard rental car:
The water was up to the top of the tires on the Land Rover.
And as for them not answering the phone, the lines are down all over the place.
There were marina personnel running the travel lift moving boats back onto their stands, but the office was closed.
From what we could see walking around, the majority of the damage to the boats there was from them getting blown off the jacks and stands. I took photos of the most obvious displaced boats. So if you do NOT see your boat here, chances are that it did not catch our attention as potentially damaged. So...here are the ones we did notice:
Now in that one, the mast of the monohull damaged the catamaran. Here is another photo from the other side:
The large central storage shed where they store boats on racks pretty much blew apart. There is corrugated sheet metal all over the yard, but most of it is concentrated to the south side of the shed. If you have your boat stored next to the shed or to the south of it, there is a chance you have some damage from flying metal.
This trimarans mast fell across the boat next to it, but as near as I can tell the damage to that boat was basically a destroyed bimini and some scuff marks:
Looking at the south side of the storage shed:
This is how hard that metal was flying, as evidenced by it wrapping itself around the bottom of the Meridian Club's Parker:
This is looking at the shed from the north. Notice there is not any flying metal damage on this side:
After we left the boatyard we stopped by the South Side marina to have a look. Most of the boats there looked okay to us. Two trimarans are on the beach.
The other boats there seemed to be safe.
So, if you don't see your boat in one of these photos, it's most likely okay.
If anyone has any specific questions, email us here at the blog and if we can help, we will.