View Full Version : Blue Moon victim of Australian Floods

Paul Pless
01-15-2011, 10:15 AM
posted elsewhere by rufustr

re-posted here for those that don't get out much


01-15-2011, 10:44 AM
Then there are these posts:

http://forum.woodenboat.com/images/icons/icon1.png Re: Queensland

My boatbuilder mate Mike who knows the Blue Moon and her owner, had a premonition this morning and went looking for the boat.

He found her at his second search point.

She had been found and caught by a contractor employed by Insurers to collect pontoons from the river, and taken to a marina near the Gateway bridge.

He contacted the owner and has reunited him with his boat.

She is in the hands of the Insurers.

Her rig is destroyed.

She looks like she has dragged past or through some solid objects and a Mango Tree.

It will be interesting to follow developments with the insurers and repairs.


The latest news is that The boat will came out of the water on Tuesday

It is Saturday evening now.

The salvor will not release it to the Owner.

Looks like a fight over insurance and ownership is developing.


I sure hope this ends well for her owner.


Paul Pless
01-15-2011, 10:59 AM
I sure hope this ends well for her owner.me too

01-15-2011, 01:06 PM
Goddamnit those fucking leeches!
I hope the owner gets back what he deserves. (his boat)
And the leeches get what they deserve. (diseases)

01-15-2011, 03:39 PM
I am sure Mark will get his boat back.

The Salvor was working on behalf of several Insurance Companies retrieving pontoons, boats, and other items from a dangerous and flood swollen river.

I would think in this case The Salvor is perfectly within his rights to retain the salvaged goods until they are assessed by the Insurers.

Mark's battle will probably be with the Insurers.

Repairing the damage to a boat like this will be expensive, and even finding someone to quote on repairs like this may prove to be difficult.

01-15-2011, 09:38 PM
When people are rescued from a flooded car, do the rescuers have the right to sell them back to their families?

Salvor my red arse— buzzard would be more accurate.

01-15-2011, 10:03 PM
You are completely misconstruing the situation.

The salvor was performing a service by catching as many vessels as he could as they were being swept down the river.

The boat was caught well before the river mouth or Moreton Bay where almost certainly it would have sustained further damage.

The boat is insured and is in the hands of the Insurers.

The owner knows where his boat is and will be compensated for his loss, and get the boat back eventually.

The owner is far better off than many other owners whose boats have sunk in the river or the bay, and don't know where they are.

I have been told that the owner didn't expect to see his boat again, so the situation is heaps better than he initially expected it to be.

01-15-2011, 10:31 PM
I remember when the boat was first built. Very nicely made. A bit small, but a fantastic shape. I don't imagine from the pics that she won't be salvagable. A single Marconi rigged spar might be in order.

01-16-2011, 08:49 AM
We have these fights all the time after hurricanes, and sad to say it seems that it never works out for the owners. If they really love the boat they can try and buy it back from the insurers and hope that the insurance settlement will cover most of the damage, but it never does. Depreciation is what does it, and I can tell you that very few Gulf Coast boat owners ever get near enough in settlement to cover what they need just to put the boat back close to what it was before the storm. It is a really sad situation, which is one good reason why the vast majority of sailboats bought around here since Katrina are of the trailerable, easy-to-haul away kind.

Mickey Lake

01-16-2011, 09:30 AM
I agree that salvors and insurers do a valuable service and noble deed if you formulate it in a very optimistic way, but if you formulate it in a more honest way, they are sleasy serpents and foul human beings.

Quoted for exactly what I meant:

When people are rescued from a flooded car, do the rescuers have the right to sell them back to their families?

Salvor my red arse— buzzard would be more accurate.