The boat next to me is one of these. Had to climb aboard today to clear the cockpit drains. Had about 3 or 4 inches of standing water. In the two years it's been next to me I never noticed the offset companionway. No wonder the owner never shows up, probably scared shitless.
These are quite common here. I don't like them, they are noisy and if you know how to tie a boat, you shouldn't need them. It also looks like the owner can't be bothered (or doesn't know how to) splice a rope. The big fender toward the bow of the wooden boat also seems to indicate that the wooden ketch owner doesn't trust the boat handling of his neighbour. In his defence these meditarrenean moorings are hard to use with side winds.
Yes, the spring snubber is not something I see in this neck of the woods. But I can sort of understand if they are common to a local area.
The clamps are unique though, that is something I don't often see. Maybe I need to get out more and visit other places rather than my home marina.
The photo was just there to show why I thought that "it could have been drawn by cornu", in case you haven't noticed the hull shape is rather similar. I agree with you that the roof isn't really nice but Cornu has drawn all kind of roofs and I recognise his boats by looking at the bow and the front shape. If I see a double ender with a rather fat stern, I will think "it might well have been drawn by Perry", equally when I saw the ketch above I thought "it might well have been draw by Cornu".
He's designed all kind of roofs, is this one OK ?
I don't have a comment on the main boat in the photo, but, damn, the boat to port has some serious, industrial-grade gear for docking. Looks like a crane shop was going out of business.
I made a call to the local port control on the VHF hoping someone in the harbour would hear of my predicament and lend a hand.
A few minutes later, a crew boat from a local ship towing company set out from the harbour, threw me a line and dragged me off. No harm to the boat, all in all a painless intervention (apart from my severely dented pride and genuine fear after realising that I came quite close to potentially losing the boat...)
You called for assistance and a business answered and assisted. Just unfortunate for you that the first responders were not other boat owners. Agree with vjm that this is a bit of a salvage situation.