Two party boats wash ashore

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Two party boats, including a large yacht that was at the center of a controversial plan to bring a floating bar and restaurant to Stingray City, broke their moorings and washed ashore over the weekend. 

Residents in Magellan Quay reported that they woke Sunday morning to find the four-story Aqua blown against a private jetty. They said it did not appear to be badly damaged but fear it could become a serious hazard if it is not moved. 

The boat was brought to the Cayman Islands in 2010 as part of a plan involving legislator Bernie Bush to set up a restaurant for tourists visiting the sandbar. The project stalled amid public protest, and the boat has been anchored in Governor’s creek since January of this year. 

A second boat – named Happy Hour – also washed ashore following stormy weather on Friday night. The boat, which takes residents and tourists on two-hour sunset cruises, suffered significant damage after breaking its mooring and being swept on to the ironshore close to Burger King in George Town. 

Marine police were called and the boat was towed away on Saturday, a police spokesman confirmed. No one was on board at the time and no one was injured, he said.  

Alan Brooks, a resident in the Magellan Quay area, said he was concerned that the silty ocean bottom of Governor’s Creek made it an unsuitable anchorage for large boats.  

“All the home owners are worried because it is treated as a safe harbor, but it is just not suitable for that size of boat. It wasn’t even particularly rough conditions on Saturday night.” 

He said he was also concerned about whether the boat would be moved before it caused more damage. On Sunday afternoon, the boat was still lying against the private dock. 

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The Happy Hour party boat washed up on ironshore close to Burger King. – PHOTO: CHRIS COURT

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The Aqua broke its mooring and washed against a jetty on Saturday night. – PHOTO: CHRIS COURT

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