Skip to main content

Boat repairs slow after California tsunami damage

Many boat owners in Santa Cruz Harbor are still waiting to get their boats surveyed and repaired from damage caused by the March 11 tsunami in California.

With so many Santa Cruz boaters needing to assess damage and fix their boats, there aren't enough resources on Monterey Bay to pull all of the boats out of the water and make repairs, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported.

“It's slowed boating way down,” said Joseph Rodgers, a marine surveyor and appraiser for BoatUS, told the newspaper. “The repair yards weren't geared up for anything like this.”

Of about 1,000 boats in the harbor, about 100 of them were “pretty mangled” during the tidal surges from the March 11 tsunami, Rodgers said. “We have to do insurance claims in a timely fashion, but I can't get the estimates quickly from the boatyards that do the repairs,” he added.

Tom McKervey, general manager at Aquarius Boat Works in Santa Cruz, said the business has hired two workers since the tsunami to manage the extra workload and still must prioritize about 90 boats that are waiting to be hauled out.

The yard has a capacity of about 16 boats and it averages about 1.3 boat inspections a day, he said.

“Right now if you call to get your boat hauled out, you're going to be at the bottom of a long list,” Santa Cruz harbormaster Chuck Eisenstar told the newspaper. “Because of the number of boats that were damaged, I'm sure there's some frustration with tenants here because people want to use their boats. It puts a lot of people in a kind of limbo.”

The tsunami caused $28.5 million in damage to the harbor, including damage to docks, Eisenstar said.

Click here for the full article.

Related

1_COX

Cox Marine Hires Sales and Support Staff

The diesel outboard builder this week brought aboard a new regional sales director, regional sales manager and an aftersales manager.

1_DEALEROUTLOOK

Boating Interests Lose Wind Farm Battle

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a proposed wind farm off the Cleveland, Oh., waterfront meets planning requirements.

1_INFLATION.JULY

July Inflation Data Lags June

Consumer Price Index results may indicate that inflation has peaked, and Producer Price Index data was below market expectations.

1_YAMAHA

Yamaha Posts Higher Sales, Profit

The company’s first half 2022 net sales increased to $1.93 billion, and segment income rose to $330 million.

1_CMTA.KAWECKI

CMTA Names Managing Director

The trade organization promoted Jen Kawecki, who will help grow its membership and support the Hartford Boat Show.

1_FALLBOATSHOW

AIM Announces Connecticut Fall Boat Show

The show, organized by Active Interest Media, will kick off Oct. 7 in Branford at Bruce & Johnsons Marina.

1_MARINEMAX.IBY

MarineMax to Acquire IGY Marinas

The $480 million transaction gives the company a collection of marina assets and a yacht management platform in key yachting destinations around the world.