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  • Irma taught our van to swim

    Well, Irma took our van for a swim. The brown Ford van swam the canal and ended up in the vacant lot. When we left, it was right next to the boat trailer.



    Our house on Summerland took a direct hit. You could actually see the island through the eye as it passed over.



    The house is up 14' above sea level. It still looks like new, but everything below the 5-7' storm surge line is MIA. I went down last weekend to start assessing/digging out.

    So many folks didn't fare nearly as well. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of them.



    On a brighter note, my fish cleaning table gave the big ..!. to Irma!

    A shot of Sea Center as we drove by. Probably 20-25 boats pushed into a pile.


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  • #2
    that's crazy about the van. Sounds like you made out not to bad all things considering. Was the Mako on the the trailer?
    1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
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    • #3
      Glad to hear the house was spared. I'm looking at pics from BVI and PR and they were not nearly as able to deal with that hurricane.

      D-
      Current Mqko - 1990 Mako 211 w/2006 250 E-TEC. http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6226. [br]- Previous Makos 1987 20C, 1979 23\' IB, 1970s 17 Angler

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      • #4
        quote:


        Originally posted by Sailor


        that's crazy about the van. Sounds like you made out not to bad all things considering. Was the Mako on the the trailer?



        quote:


        Originally posted by dtmackey


        Glad to hear the house was spared. I'm looking at pics from BVI and PR and they were not nearly as able to deal with that hurricane.


        D-


        We feel very fortunate with the house coming thru it so well. Some folks on the island have nothing left but their foundation. It's terrible to see the devastation, especially what Puerto Rico is going through.

        There must have been a sudden, massive surge (maybe even a huge wave?) to pick up the van and get it across the canal before it could take on enough water to sink.

        That was the bow of my father-in-law's 25' in first picture. His was on davits. Here's a photo of the other end. The bow davit let go, and the stern held. It swung the boat 180 degrees and dumped it on the dock/seawall. We're pretty sure the insurance company will total it. He'll be looking for another soon.



        Here's a photo of the Looe Key Resort on Ramrod Key. There used to be a Tiki Bar in there somewhere.


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        • #5
          Was on Big Pine Saturday doing clean up work. Pretty intense damage. You can see it ramp up as you drive down. Largo looks a little worse than we did in FtL, by Islamorada you see some surge damage off the road, and then in Marathon the heavy building damage really starts to show up.

          Even on Big Pine its amazing how youll see a few buildings that look almost untouched.

          Im still sore. Been a while since I spent that much time with a chain saw.
          Sold the 17\', moved to FL... I need a new handle.[br]1991 Jupiter 31, current project[br]2005 Everglades 243, sold[br]2012 Contender 23 Open sold[br]1989 Intrepid 246 WA--gone to Australia[br]1973 Mako 17--sold with regrets[br]1992 Mako 17--started it all[br]Pompano, FL

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          • #6
            Have your dad buy it back from insurance and someone will rebuild it. There are many people looking for that hull size.
            \'07 Mako 19 bay, sold[br]\'76 Mako 21, sold[br]\'77 Mako 21, dump[br]\'77 Mako 22, sold[br]\'80 Mako 23 WA, sold[br]\'82 Mako 21, sold[br]\'85 Mako 254 currently[br]\'78 J24 USA 292 (sold)[br]\'05 Melges 32 racing sailboat

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            • #7
              KGFisher we should hook up sometime. Our place is in Marathon.....whats left of it. Rebuilding from the storm surge

              1983 Mako 254/1999 Sport Nautique GT-40/1997 Sea Doo GSi/ 1984 Surf Jet

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              • #8
                Yes we should. Are you in Marathon this weekend? If so, give me a call. I can run up from Summerland on Saturday.
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                • #9
                  Yes we should. Are you in Marathon this weekend? If so, give me a call. I can run up from Summerland on Saturday.
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                  • #10
                    haven't been on lately....too much other stuff happening I am an insurance agent in Central Florida so you can imagine what my office has been like. I think I am going down the week after Christmas if our GC can get a drywall go to show up before then. we have subfloor now and electrician and plumber are coming in shortly to get their jobs started. if we can secure a drywall guy then I can go down and Primer/paint for the week before the tile floor goes down I will hit you up when I come that direction again

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                    • #11
                      Sounds like you are making progress. Everything seems to take longer than hoped for.

                      I'm back in Ga, and probably won't be down that way for a while. We can try again next time.

                      Good luck with the rebuild.

                      Ken
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