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Old 06-24-2018, 08:52 AM   #1
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Hit and run

Just need some opinions here if God forbid this happens again.

Southerly was rear ended by another boater in the St. John’s river. Luckily there was a hard kayak on the swim deck that took the damage. Most likely will be throwing that away. I was hotter than hot in more ways than one.

It was a sailboat under power named Sea Mint (Gainesville). He did not stop, just took off. There seems to be a debate whether this should have been repor to the coast guard or not. Southerly had no damage as I mentioned above, but the kayak will need to be replaced.

So I ask you, what is your opinion? Should this have been reported? I did not report it.
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Old 06-24-2018, 09:11 AM   #2
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Report it.

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Old 06-24-2018, 09:16 AM   #3
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Report it to the CG and also local authorities.
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Old 06-24-2018, 09:20 AM   #4
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Yes report it to both locals and CG. Insurance may pay for the kayak
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Old 06-24-2018, 09:29 AM   #5
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He’s a complete slug - report him. If he hit hard enough to destroy the kayak, how did he know you hadn’t sustained damage below the waterline, and worst case, were taking on water?
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Ms. D. Bummer. By all means report such behavior. Get the incident on record. Not only for the replacement of the kayak BUT for any possible damage that you might be unable to see at the moment. On the road, it's against the law to leave the scene of an accident and it may be the same on the water. I don't see how it can't be.
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Old 06-24-2018, 09:43 AM   #7
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Sigh...kinda knew I didn’t do the right thing by not reporting it immediately. All of you are right. That seem to be the thinking of all here. Won’t report the kayak to ins., as I will just outright purchase another.
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Ms. D. Bummer. By all means report such behavior. Get the incident on record. Not only for the replacement of the kayak BUT for any possible damage that you might be unable to see at the moment. On the road, it's against the law to leave the scene of an accident and it may be the same on the water. I don't see how it can't be.
Absolutely required by Florida Statute 327.30. Also specifically required to make reasonable effort to locate owners of unattended vessels or property that you damage. Collisions resulting in $2000 or more damage must be reported to authorities. Only “crime” specified is third degree felony for leaving scene of boating accident involving injury.
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Old 06-24-2018, 10:15 AM   #9
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Agree with all above. Report. Also, gather any witnesses while memory is fresh.
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Old 06-24-2018, 10:43 AM   #11
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I would report it, find out who their insurance company is, and file a claim with their insurance company. Maybe you can make Sea Mint's insurance premium go up.

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Old 06-24-2018, 11:21 AM   #12
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Benthic the Contrarian !! Often times in a car, people will not report accidents so they don't get their insurance rate increased. If you're not even going to report the Kayak to the insurance, what will you gain by reporting it ? Sure you can make the world a better place by getting the other guy a citation, but are you willing to pay for that out of our own pocket ? I'm sure everyone will call me selfish, and that's fine.
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I don’t get your point: you can report a crime to the police without telling your insurance company.
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Old 06-24-2018, 02:06 PM   #14
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I would have reported to local police and CG. Those are just not the type things I can ignore.
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I'd report it. Please let us know what transpires as this is something that can well happen to any of us.
Thanks for bringing it up!
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Non emergency call to sheriffs department in county where accident happened. How much was the kayak worth?
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USCG requires a Report of Marine incident USCG form 2692 to be filed in the case of grounding, damage in excess of $10,000 or resulting in pollution or injury. Your accident doesn’t rise to that level. I would report it to the local Sheriff or Marine Patrol.
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Ok “was “ before the accident.
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I agree with the others. Report it to both the USCG and the local law enforcement folks. No way you should have to replace the kayak on your own dime. It was the boaters fault. Leaving the scene of a collision is just wrong on so many levels. The skipper of Sea Mint needs to be held accountable.
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