DID YOU HEAR
THE ONE ABOUT...?
Insurance claims are never funny, but as H.L.
Mencken once said, some people can see humor
in their own toothaches BY BOB ADRIANCE
THE INSURED HAD STORED his LORAN in a microwave to
keep it from sliding around. His grandson went below to make din-
ner and, well, you know the rest.
CALLER WAS ANCHORED near Walt Whitman Bridge in
Philadelphia. While fishing, he looked astern and began to notice
Buoy 48 moving toward his boat. By the time he confirmed movement, it was too late to raise the anchor. The buoy, he said, “collided”
with his boat’s transom.
IN THE CASE OF A DISMASTED BOAT, the insured said
he accidentally removed the wrong pin and the mast fell down.
Unfortunately, he was at the top of the mast, in a bosun’s chair, at
the time. Luckily, he landed in the water.
WHILE HAULING THE BOAT onto a trailer, an acquaintance of
the boat owner gave the engine too much power. The boat came flying up over the trailer, crashed onto the truck, and the boat owner
broke his toe jumping out of the way.
A BOAT OWNER WAS TRYING to raise anchor while his wife
was at the helm. He told her to drive the boat forward to free it. She
gunned it, the anchor flew out of the water, struck the boat, bounced
up, and knocked the boat owner overboard.
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IN THE COURSE OF A WEEK at BoatU.S. Dispatch Emergency Assistance, which is part of our insur- ance claims department, hundreds of first reports are phoned in. Many are your garden-variety bust- ed-propeller, ran-aground sort of call. But on occasion, the department gets a call that’s a little out of the
ordinary. Here’s a small sampling from over the years
that take the edge off an otherwise serious business.