Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Emergency Work

Yesterday we had to run across town in the Maritime to perform an emergency repair. The prevailing winds in Maine are out of the south and most of our coves also open to the south, meaning our equipment is usually well prepared to handle winds out of the south. But when the wind flips around out of the north you get to see the true condition of your system.

The wind has been blowing hard out of the north for the last few days and yesterday we received a call from a customer whose float was flapping in the wind. Not knowing exactly what had happened, David and I loaded the Maritime with 200' of 1/2" chain, a 200 pound mushroom, shackles, rope, and all of our other emergency repair materials. It was a rough, soggy ride across town. The wind was blowing 20-25 mph out of the northwest and crossing the mouths of the coves was unpleasant at best.

We arrived on site and, after a quick inspection, discovered that the customer's inward chain to the north had parted and the float and ramp was being pushed hard to the south. Of the four lines securing the float, this was the best possible failure and easiest to remedy. We rolled out some new chain and had the float hooked back up in short order.

The culprit would have been easily identified as a highly likely failure point had an inspection been conducted last season.

We will always do our best to respond to an emergency repair call, but we would rather inspect your equipment before it gets to that point. A little bit of preventative maintenance goes a long way.

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