Monday, October 22, 2012

Four Yachts Burned in Michigan

D-I-Y winterization effort goes terribly wrong for one boater (and for owners of the boats next to his)... 

Are you a Do-It-Yourselfer? Trying to save a little money and winterize your 30-something foot boat all by yourself?

Anchor Bay Marina, Chesterfield, Michigan
Here's some advice... leave it to the professionals if you can.

Article sources we found today, which included the Detroit Free Press:
and The Voice, reported that a man started a fire on his own boat that quickly spread to three other boats - all between 30 and 40 feet long - destroying all of them and causing at least $250,000 in damages.
It seems the guy was shrinking the shrink wrap on his boat using a propane powered torch, and pointed the torch at one area a bit too long, igniting a blaze on his own boat, and spreading to three nearby boats at a marina in Chesterfield, Michigan.

May we suggest a hair dryer next time? Luckily nobody was hurt, and hopefully insurance will cover all the damage.

This just goes to show you, boating safety doesn't stop at the end of the season!