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Old 11-08-2012
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Re: Rate your Marina during Sandy ?

How well a marina or yacht club communicates with boat owners in "weather events" depends upon a lot of variables. Is there a staff person whose job it is to do this? Or does that person get sent home when the power goes out at the club and the computer shuts off? Maybe there isn't someone on staff for that, or perhaps whoever might be able to send an email is too busy doubling anchor or dock lines. Maybe they're out in a launch adding to mooring pennants so boats don't drag. Do you want the dock staff to answer your phone call, or put another bumper between your boat and the bulkhead? Perhaps if they charged more they could hire more people and provide better service, but not everyone might agree on that issue.

On the other hand, what might happen if an alert message went out and 50 or so boat owners showed up at the height of the storm to check on their boats? Sandy's high tide covered half our club's parking lot. Are these owners going to blame the club for their cars as well as their boats? The owners can't all fit in the launch - if it's running. What happens if they're out on one of the slips when the tide floats them off over the tops of the pilings? What happens when four owners decide that "sea room" is what they need, and get their props fouled in lines that have blown off a dock, or bend a shaft on a tree branch they couldn't see in the spume? What can the "alerted" owners really do during the storm but watch the rain, the tide, and the wind?

The time to prepare for bad weather is beforehand. There was plenty of notice about Sandy, all up the East Coast. Our club sent out emails calling for available members to help securing docks, boats, and equipment well before the storm was here. During the storm, the gangways to the docks were impassable. The docks floated to within 6" of the tops of their securing pilings. If you want to be informed of conditions at the waterfront, set up a webcam with a flag in the viewing field and make the site available online.

Last edited by paulk; 11-08-2012 at 11:02 PM.
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