Boaters Urged to Inspect Vessels
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 11, 2010 The Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) reports that yesterdays Noreaster is having a sinking effect on boats stored on Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay waters. The boat owners group has received reports from several marinas advising of the sinking of vessels that had been tied up for the winter in their slip. The blizzards heavy, moisture-laden snow forces a boat deeper in the water, which can place a cracked plastic thru-hull fitting normally a just few inches above the water line below water. Thru-hull fittings are typically connected with a hose to bilge pumps, sinks, showers, or live bait wells.
The boat owners group is recommending that any boat owner with a vessel in a slip should inspect their boat as soon as possible.
Its very important to remove the snow loads from a boat thats stored in the water, said BoatU.S. Seaworthy Magazine Editor Bob Adriance. If you cant get to your boat, try to contact your marina staff for help. Weve also heard of some shed roofs collapsing onto boats, so now is the time to coordinate snow removal with marina staff. Its also good to schedule a visit to your boat a few times each winter season, just to double check on everything, no matter whether its stored on the hard or in the water.
Source: Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.)