Heart Stopping Moments During Yacht Lift

www.MyPE.co.za: High
(164 kilometre and hour) winds on Monday night 26 October 2009 dealt
one more devastating blow to the Algoa Bay Yacht Club as the marina
buckled under the onslaught of the wind and waves. A mere three years
ago, on Sunday 21 May 2006, the Algoa
Bay Yacht Club
was the victim of
an extensive fire which neccesitated the rebuild of the entire club at
a cost of R2.8 Million.

On Tuesday 27 October shaken yacht owners gathered to count the cost.
With buckled walkways, sunken fingers, a 16 ton breakwater pushed 30
metres closer to shore, five yachts sunk and every single other boat in
the marina having suffered some form of damage from being holed or
extensively sctratched the marina and yacht owners considered their
options.

The first order of business was to clear the water of floating debris
and establish which yachts had sunk and where – as the marina had
shifted shorewards and towards the fishing jetty breaking into
‘islands’ as the night progressed.

Trailer-able yachts and those in imminent danger of sinking were
removed immediately and stored on land provided by the NPA in a
magnanimous gesture of marine camaraderie.

Clearing and retrieving of broken marina sections took up until the
third week in November. Divers swept the harbour floor daily, marking
heavy equipment and sunken yachts with buoys.

Twenty three yachts were identified to be taken out of the water, by
the ABYC Disaster Mangement Committee under the guidance of Vice
Commodore, Sean Wiseman.

Cradles had to be sourced and built before this operation commenced and
negotiations with crane hire companies began. Protec Crane Hire,
acknowledging that the marina is an asset to Port Elizabeth and a
valuable jewel in the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism crown, made their
cranes and staff available.

Under the guidance of ace weather forecaster, Mike van Wyk, suitable
days were chosen for commencement of this mammoth task.

Over a period of four days twenty two yachts have been lifted out of
the water with Thursday 3 December the day that the heavier boats in
excess of 10 tons could be lifted by the Protec
100 ton crane.

First out of the water was Timshell at 11 tons. Timshell is a wooden
canoe stern boat and was lifted with little effort onto Stu
Davidson
‘s
loadbed.

SereiaSereia

At 14 tons, Sereia, a Lavranos 43, was a little trickier to take out of
the water. On the first attempt the forward slings slipped as the lift
commenced, lurching Sereia back into the water. A heart stopping moment
for owner Albert Dias and his R1 million investment. A small adjustment
and the 100 ton Protec
crane lifted Sereia clear onto a waiting loadbed.

The Marina Rebuilding Plan will now commence. All indications are that
to rebuild an entire 125 berth Marina will cost approximately R4.2
Million. This cost will be divided between each Marina owner who,
depending on the value of recovered marina parts, will have to pay
between R24 250.00 and R33 750.00.

Looming on the horizon is the NPA’s insistence on charging a ‘market
related’ rental to all tenants on their land and water. The NPA
proposed rental increase for the marina is a whopping 244% to R50
000.00 per month.

Coupled with unrealistic ‘ market related’ increases yacht owners now
also have to contend with repairs, insurance excesses and increased
insurance premiums.

When Mother Nature shows her teeth everyone gets bitten!

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Heart Stopping Moments During Yacht Lift

www.MyPE.co.za: High
(164 kilometre and hour) winds on Monday night 26 October 2009 dealt
one more devastating blow to the Algoa Bay Yacht Club as the marina
buckled under the onslaught of the wind and waves. A mere three years
ago, on Sunday 21 May 2006, the Algoa
Bay Yacht Club
was the victim of
an extensive fire which neccesitated the rebuild of the entire club at
a cost of R2.8 Million.

On Tuesday 27 October shaken yacht owners gathered to count the cost.
With buckled walkways, sunken fingers, a 16 ton breakwater pushed 30
metres closer to shore, five yachts sunk and every single other boat in
the marina having suffered some form of damage from being holed or
extensively sctratched the marina and yacht owners considered their
options.

The first order of business was to clear the water of floating debris
and establish which yachts had sunk and where – as the marina had
shifted shorewards and towards the fishing jetty breaking into
‘islands’ as the night progressed.

Trailer-able yachts and those in imminent danger of sinking were
removed immediately and stored on land provided by the NPA in a
magnanimous gesture of marine camaraderie.

Clearing and retrieving of broken marina sections took up until the
third week in November. Divers swept the harbour floor daily, marking
heavy equipment and sunken yachts with buoys.

Twenty three yachts were identified to be taken out of the water, by
the ABYC Disaster Mangement Committee under the guidance of Vice
Commodore, Sean Wiseman.

Cradles had to be sourced and built before this operation commenced and
negotiations with crane hire companies began. Protec Crane Hire,
acknowledging that the marina is an asset to Port Elizabeth and a
valuable jewel in the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism crown, made their
cranes and staff available.

Under the guidance of ace weather forecaster, Mike van Wyk, suitable
days were chosen for commencement of this mammoth task.

Over a period of four days twenty two yachts have been lifted out of
the water with Thursday 3 December the day that the heavier boats in
excess of 10 tons could be lifted by the Protec
100 ton crane.

First out of the water was Timshell at 11 tons. Timshell is a wooden
canoe stern boat and was lifted with little effort onto Stu
Davidson
‘s
loadbed.

SereiaSereia

At 14 tons, Sereia, a Lavranos 43, was a little trickier to take out of
the water. On the first attempt the forward slings slipped as the lift
commenced, lurching Sereia back into the water. A heart stopping moment
for owner Albert Dias and his R1 million investment. A small adjustment
and the 100 ton Protec
crane lifted Sereia clear onto a waiting loadbed.

The Marina Rebuilding Plan will now commence. All indications are that
to rebuild an entire 125 berth Marina will cost approximately R4.2
Million. This cost will be divided between each Marina owner who,
depending on the value of recovered marina parts, will have to pay
between R24 250.00 and R33 750.00.

Looming on the horizon is the NPA’s insistence on charging a ‘market
related’ rental to all tenants on their land and water. The NPA
proposed rental increase for the marina is a whopping 244% to R50
000.00 per month.

Coupled with unrealistic ‘ market related’ increases yacht owners now
also have to contend with repairs, insurance excesses and increased
insurance premiums.

When Mother Nature shows her teeth everyone gets bitten!

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