Most Common Types of Boat Damage, And What to Do

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Accidents are a common enough occurrence, no matter the type and size of vessel you own and operate. There are however ways in which you can prevent or minimize the level of boat damage suffered. Let us look at some of the most commonly recurring problems faced.

1.     Dock Rash

This is a common occurrence where you have your vessel rubbing up against a dock, piling or other boats. The level of damage can vary from a few scratches to structural damage brought on by transferred force to other parts of the boat. Damage to the hull can require extensive boat repair if there is water damage that seeps into electrical wiring or wooden fixtures.

Depending on the choppiness of the water, size, and type of boat, you can use a variety of safety devices to prevent or limit dock rash. Mooring whips, bumpers, and fenders are simple but effective options. If not in regular use, consider making use of a custom boat cover, floating dock, shrink wrap, or indoor storage facility.

2.     Submerged Objects

Striking submerged objects is responsible for almost a third of boat insurance claims. Low water levels and storms often result in boats colliding with objects unseen below the water surface. From hidden sandbars to floating pieces of dock, there are a lot of items you can happen upon. The damage can greatly vary depending on the type of object encountered and the speed the boat was moving. Damage to the hull can occur, causing water to seep in, mechanical failures, and even sinking.

It is good to be observant of the water around you as you are boating. This is especially important if you are on rivers, near ports with construction, or an area that suffered a storm. Floating debris tends to be more common here. Also, keep your radio on for warnings from others in the vicinity. If you do hit a submerged object, check immediately for any water leaks, smoke or oil spills. Slowly make your way back to the docks and radio for help if necessary. Do have the boat inspected for any damage that may necessitate yacht repair before going back in the water.

3.     Extreme Weather

Hurricanes, hailstorms, snowfalls, and other extreme weather conditions can cause havoc for boats. Certain locations are particularly prone to these occurrences, while others often get warnings of impending disasters. Most marinas will have a hurricane plan or guidelines on how to safely dock your vessel to cope with these challenges.

If you live far from the dock or rarely use your boat, storing it ashore would be ideal. Be sure to add extra jack stands, have them supported by plywood, and chained together. Try to reduce windage or preferably place your boat on a trailer and transfer to sheltered storage.

4.     Collisions

This is when two boats impact. They occur as a result of moving at high speed, inattention, poor understanding of navigation rules, or blind spots. The damages caused by collisions tend to be more severe than those involving fixed objects like docks and buoys. Generally, every effort should be made to avoid a collision, even if you are on a stationary boat. If you find yourself veering too close to another vessel, make appropriate course changes quickly. Obeying speed limits and acting prudently where there are other boat users can also help reduce the risk of collision and injury.

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