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Does anyone have information on the performance of floating vs fixed piers during a hurricane?
Our marina has several newly installed foating piers that have 12' concrete posts that the piers ride on. Would it be wise to move to one of these slips as opposed to staying in a much older fixed slip? During Dolly which made land fall nearly 200 miles away, the fixed piers went underwater and some dock damage occured. The new floating piers seemed to have faired better.
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Does anyone have information on the performance of floating vs fixed piers during a hurricane?
Our marina has several newly installed foating piers that have 12' concrete posts that the piers ride on. Would it be wise to move to one of these slips as opposed to staying in a much older fixed slip? During Dolly which made land fall nearly 200 miles away, the fixed piers went underwater and some dock damage occured. The new floating piers seemed to have faired better.
The only piers I saw destroyed were floating. I have footage of them taking off and heading out!!! Of course, they were not the really solid ones like some I have seen.

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I went through Ivan and I lost more after the storm due to looting; the looting is rampant. Then there is contractor cleanup; when an area has been hit hard by a hurricane the cleanup crews will clear everything out or move it without thought of damage to others property, if they touch it - it's damaged - there just is so much damage, contractors bid cleanups and saving your mast or dingy or other property is not on their list. Hauling is best...
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As far as floating vs fixed, I'd go with well built floating docks anytime. Of course, if the surge is high enough, they'll float off and you're in trouble, but If you take at look at the marina where my boat is and the next door, we came through Ike pretty much unscathed, they were hit very hard. We are a bit better protected, but I attribute much of the difference to the floating piers. Google Waterford Harbor, Watergate and Ike and you'll find pictures.
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Goodbye until next year... Unsticking the thread.

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Not so fast cruising-daddy-o... the official date down here is Nov 31 and there is a system in the W carib right now. As well, we were driven to the mangroves by a tropical low lasxt December 4th. While we are enjoying the respite from the continual tropical waves, we are still tuned.

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CD's just been traumatized by the storms that hit Texas and is hoping that by unsticking this thread, the rest will leave him alone... he's delusional that way...mainly from all the smoke from his constant grilling...
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Sorry everyone, but it is time to post this up again. Hopefully it will not be needed... but here you go just in case.

I will make it a sticky until the end of Hurricane Season or there abouts.

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PS now is the time to start preparing. Don't wait until it is coming!!
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PS now is the time to start preparing. Don't wait until it is coming!!
Too late! We've got a cat 5 bearing down on Hilton Head Island right now. NWS is saying it's ten minutes from making landfall! Thanks a lot, CD! Maybe next year you'll remember that hurricane season begins June 1 and not June 3!
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Woops. Apparently I was way off base. No hurricane.
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