A 60-foot vessel sank at Snug Cove over night after being blown off the wharf and damaging several boats in 76 knot southerly winds on Sunday.
Former Sydney ferry boat the Mark M, had been tied up in what is known as one of the most exposed berths at Snug Cove when its ropes broke yesterday afternoon.
The boat surged backwards into the steel Madison W, a new fishing boat owned by Les and June Warren, collecting Mr Warren’s anchor line, causing the bow of the boat to swing around to pound into the Maureen and the Lenny, owned by Darrien Morris.
The Bell’s Kawara escaped damage.
Authorities anchored the Mark M in the lee of the breakwater of the commercial boat ramp and as the tide dropped, she came to rest on the sandy bottom.
This morning, Eden Slipway Services are attempting to re-float the Mark M.
Owner John Gusman said the boat was his life savings and life dream.
He bought the vessel three years ago to convert it into his principal residence.
“It was always my dream to get a boat like this and do it up and live in it,” he said.
“I’d done a lot to it, and was just about to start shifting into it.”
Mr Gusman said he was taking a break from the renovations recovering from a motorcycle accident eight weeks ago which broke his rib and shoulder.
Mrs Warren said the Madison W will need to be slipped to be repaired.
“We’ve only had it for six months and all our fishing gear has been demolished,” she said.
“We’ve got traps out in the water and we can’t go and get them.”
She believed winds peaked at 87 knots on Sunday.
“It just goes to show we’re not safe there, the same winds come up every year.”