That's my boat, the tan workboat closest in. See that metal ring on the short piling, right in back of the outboard motor? That holds the wooden finger in place. The finger helps hold the boat in place and is how you get on and off the boat. Last night's storm surge high tide was so high the finger rode up and off that piling. Like a miracle, when the tide went out, it went back on the piling!! Just amazing! The real danger could be that the boat would shift when not connected to the finger. Then it wold be possible the engine would come on top of the piling. That would be an expensive disaster!