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Old 11-02-2012
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Re: Hurricane Sandy

Sandy hit NJ with a roundhouse right.She swept into Raritan Bay with a 13.5ft surge on top of a full moon high tide.Altho NiftyNickers was on the hard she was knocked off her stands by a large power boat that was in the water that came ashore with the surge.It caused a domino effect knocking 3 other sailboats over and ours was number 4.At this point I cannot get aboard to accurately assess but she doesnt seem to have any hull or mast damage.The radar arch is bent and solar panels destroyed and the wind genny has broken blades all external to the structure of the boat.It will be several days before we can get aboard and check her out.The marina looks like a war zone with piles of boats 20-30-40 piled atop each other.All of the floating docks broke loose and they and the boats tied to them all went up the river bank.Strangely other boats are just sitting on their stands amid the destruction as tho nothing had happened.Its a scene of bent and broken masts and broken boats amid broken docks and destroyed buildings.I think Nifty Nickers dodged the bullet with only a graze instead`of a heart shot.A friend in another marina had his Irwin 34 out and covered next to a large cinder block building.The building disappeared and his boat was demolished so totally that he cant find the masts.(it was a ketch)We are fine as our condo is not on the water.We lost electric power during the storm and it is still out today(Friday).Staten Island NY took the worst of it with more than 20 killed and uncountable homes destroyed.Utility services are still out and sanitary sewers are not working,but the NYC marathon which begins on Staten Island will be run
They are evicting survivors from hotels to make room for the marathoners.Incredible!
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