Yesterday afternoon (2012.02.24) at approximately 1530, a highly localized wind storm swept through Wicomico and Dorchester County WI. There were reports of a tornado near Hebron. David Wheatly, The marina manager called to tell me about damage that had happened to my boat, which is stored on the hard at Generation III marina on Jackson street in Cambridge, Md. He indicated that three boats had been knocked over. My boat was not knocked over, but was adjacent to those that were and had sustained damage.
Today, I went up to check on the damage. (there was an overturned truck on US 50 in the same storm and traffic was backed up, last night.) I've taken some pictures of the damage from the ground, but have not gone up on the boat to inspect the foredeck. There was no one around and I didn't want to go up on the boat and risk having it come down, too.
There appears to be some surface scratches on the starboard side of hull. All of the lifeline stanchions forward of the gate need replacing, including the forward gate stanchion. The bow rail is bent down on both sides. It appears a limb actually fell right across the bow rail. Amazingly, it does not seem to have damaged the forestay or roller furling, when looked at from the ground, but that will need to be checked during a survey and estimate.
My dinghy which was tied to the foredeck is now on the ground, under a pile of tree limbs. The dinghy being a Walker Bay is practically indestructible and appears undamaged.
It appears to me, that two limbs were broken off the trees in the adjacent cemetery. At least one of them came down on the boat next to me, knocking it down and creating a domino affect that took down two additional boats, dismasting the first boat in the process. My guess is, that the limbs bounced off the boat next to me, back onto the deck of my boat, damaging the lifelines, stanchions and bow rail. The deck may be damaged as well, I do not yet know. Also do not know whether the windlass was affected. Though, I doubt that, except if the deck was penetrated.
I suspect the limb hit the boat next to me on the port side shrouds, as the port spreader is pointing direcly aft. When the adjacent boat fell, it's mast was Bent, without breaking any shrouds. This is what leads me to believe it was the impact point for at least one of the limbs. Without that, the boat might not have been dismasted, as none of the other boats lost their rigs in the fall.