Tale of two boats:
Went to the lake this Sunday (after the ISU/Oklahoma game on Saturday -- Go Clones!) to take the hoist covers off and get the boats out.
We always trailer the Lund home to the Toy Box(tm) and have the Cobalt picked up by the marina for storage.
Neither boat can leave, though, until we take the hoist covers off, since we can't reach to take the covers off without a boat in the hoist.
Sunday morning it is 40-some degrees, misting and with 25-30 mph winds from the NE. Our shoreline faces ENE.
Since we are there, and 200 miles from home, the Admiral and I decide we will try to take off the smaller hoist cover and get the fishing boat out -- there is a sheltered lagoon with a boat ramp nearby. No hope for the larger cover or boat this weekend.
Getting the cover off was EXCITING!
Good thing the larger hoist and boat were downwind, to catch the smaller hoist cover as it blew away! No harm, no foul.
We had waves of around 2-3 feet -- a lot on our inland lake -- blowing in to shore as I attempted to back the Lund out of the hoist. Of course, it took a lot of water over the transom. To avoid taking even more water, I backed it downshore, towards the larger hoist as I came out of the smaller hoist.
Between the wind and the waves, I was right on top of the dock! FORWARD! EGADS!
There's the big boat and hoist!!
To make a long story longer, I clipped the tilted drive unit on the Colbat (raised in the hoist) with the aft portside of the fishing boat.
Not satisfied with merely hurting one boat, I managed to put a nice scrape and a small puncture in the hull of the Lund, just about an inch below the gunwale, and about 4" forward of the transom, AND broke off about 1 to 1-1/2" of the back of the skeg on the Cobalt's BIII drive.
Proceeded to get the smaller boat out and on the trailer without further incident. The new Tundra towed it like there was nothing there.
At the marina, they call my annual list of work to be done on the Cobalt "The Novel". Guess it's time to write another chapter about repairing the skeg . . .
Does anyone have any advice about repairing the puncture in the Lund's aluminum hull?