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Jeff_H & others on the Coast & Chesapeake
The news up and down the bay is a very mixed bag. Lots of boats (including mine) came through just fine. In my case, I was on a business trip that entire week and had only taken basic precautions before I left that sunday (doubled the docklines, tied up the exterior canvas, put out extra fenders.) Two friends went the extra mile for my boat while I was gone, letting out the docklines to account for the storm surge, adding even more ties to the exterior canvas and jib, which I had left up, etc. My thanks to them!!!
Three boats sank in their slips at my marina, which is on a creek near the mouth of the Patapsco south of Baltimore. Many other boats were damaged when pilings broke in half, or pulled out of the bottom entirely. One boat lost its rig because its slip had it beam to the waves/wind, and one shroud was sawed in two by the rig of the boat next to it as they rolled back and forth.
Some marinas to the south of Annapolis are reported to have lost entire piers, leading to many damaged boats. There are many damaged boats and marinas in the Tidewater area from reports.
Looks like the sailing season is over for lots of Chesapeake sailors, either because their boats are in need of repiar, or their docks are. The strange thing is that it didn''t rain all that much, but the wind really brought a LOT of water up the bay. The prior record flood in Annapolis was about 6.3 feet in 1933. This one was measured at about 7.5 feet. Imagine an extra 7.5 feet of water on the entire bay. It boggles the mind, especially given that the average depth of the bay is only about 20 feet.