Roofs collapsing in wake of 40-year s...

Roofs collapsing in wake of 40-year storm

There are 8 comments on the KATU-TV Portland story from Dec 24, 2008, titled Roofs collapsing in wake of 40-year storm. In it, KATU-TV Portland reports that:

PORTLAND, Ore. When Dave Hankins went to the Big Oak Marina in Scappoose Tuesday morning to check on the 1967 boat he and his partner had spent two years restoring, he found the 37-foot Sportfisher destroyed.

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Victor Wright

Vancouver, WA

#1 Dec 27, 2008
I too have (had) a boat at McCuddy's, a 30' aluminum sternwheeler. I live in Eugene and saw in the local news about the marina. I was never notified. I emailed the main office on Xmas day and was contacted the next. If I had been notified immediately after the roofs began to fall I would have gotten my boat out of there!
As it was the roof laid on the boat until it sunk yesterday under the weight. Another local marina also has covered moorage that always looked like it would collapse even on a sunny day! It didn't however. Why? because the moorage owners set up propane heaters under the roof, put scaffolding on a flat workboat up to the bottom of the roof and safely raked the snow off. When I asked McCuddys why they didn't do that the response was "we're not equipped to do that"! This is surely a case of negligence causing much heartache to the boat owners. Boats are a very personal kind of love afair and I feel for all those in "the same boat". Maybe we need to get together and see what can be done to hold the moorage owners responsible. Think I'll get my last months deposit back?

“Patriot First”

Since: Nov 07

Portland, OR

#2 Dec 27, 2008 sorry for your loss. I live right near this marina. this is not the first year things like this have happened at marinas/moorages in the many times does it have to happen for people to learn? seems to me that the marina must take some responsibility for taking your money! how much does a rake and propane heater cost? How much do they take in by renting slip space each month? what a shame. I had a 67 carver for many years...what a sad sad loss for you all.
Who Cares

Canby, OR

#3 Dec 28, 2008
A class action lawsuit against McCuddy's is in order. They should pay the price and replace the lost boats. They had a responsibility to the owners and did nothing.
Mrs_ M

Albany, OR

#4 Dec 28, 2008
Our boat was one of the lucky ones, the only reason we got it out is because we heard about it on the news early and then my husband and his friend, who also has a boat there went down to help the salvage crew each morning. It didn't get out undamaged though, they wouldn't let anyone move their boats out until the entire roof had collapsed because the boats were holding the roof and dock up. We feel so bad for all those that sunk. There are a lot that have gone down and it's so sad. Victor you're right, boat owners love and adore their boats, not to mention the possessions that may have been inside. And so many of these boats in this marina were classics in the midst of being restored.
The marina was definitely negligent and there is a list going around for those interested. I won't post my email on a public forum but if there are other boat owners that want to get their names on the list let me know by posting on here. Maybe we can get a forum together on craigslist or something to chat with one another.
We're still all in shock over what happened and trying to figure out where we're going to take our boat now that we've saved it so things are crazy still but we will get this worked out. I'm sure if nothing else the insurance companies will fight this for those of us that had insurance (we aren't one of them).
owens cruiser

Salem, OR

#5 Dec 28, 2008
I too had a boat in there they wouldn't let anyone in to get there boat until it was down and the crane was done clearing the roof.This marina went down in 2004, you would have thought that the would have learned from that. Thier outlook on it is very cold as they have no sense of the emotion that we have for our boats.They think that insurance cures all.
Mrs_ M

Albany, OR

#6 Dec 28, 2008
I took some pictures today when we were there. It looked like a tornado hit, not a snowstorm. It was amazing. Such a tragedy. There were so many options for maintenance that could have prevented this. You could feel the dread and despair down there on the dock. Boat owners are so attached to their boats, the boats have personalities and so much work goes into them whether they're new or old and it's just unexplainable to those that have never had that type of relationship. They are heartless that own and operate this marina. Insurance can never replace what was lost.
Mad Boater

Portland, OR

#7 Jan 1, 2009
I am one of the boaters that lost his boat after she sank. I am very interested in having my name added to the list. Where can we create a forum or group or contact each other without posting our names/email address here on a public forum? I strongly feel McCuddy's was negligible and should be held accountable for the destruction/damage to all these boats.
Mrs_ M

Albany, OR

#8 Jan 2, 2009

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