After Hurricane Sandy
Yes, Hurricane Sandy is gone. The Marina is all put back together with all electricity and water functioning. There is, of course, scattered debris from the winds and high tides. But, I am happy to say, all docks, finger piers and bulkheads are unscathed. I would like to thank the wonderful people that walked the docks and adjusted dock lines with me during the storm. There was our fearless leader Jim Rogers (even when the docks were under water!), Tom, Bianca, Mac, Jim, Carl, Pete and Ulla all tirelessly tending our marina. Without these people I am not sure we would have faired as well. Thank you all! I would also like to thank Elizabeth our media guru who kept our website and Facebook page up to date with images and information so you all would know what was going on in our marina. Last, but not least, our wonderful Brent who tried time and again to send out my correspondence to you from his computer at home while working on accessing his office computer remotely. You may have received emails without pictures or several of the same emails, but he didn’t give up until he got it right! Teamwork, I love teamwork!
I do have a couple of business issues to discuss with you all. The first will be the fact that it is the slip holder’s responsibility to make sure that their boat is secure for any storm. If you are not able to get here and secure your boat, you should contact one of the many boat yards here in town and have them hired to do it. The marina is extremely busy preparing the marina for coming storms. We really do not have the time, nor want the liability in securing any boats. It is extremely important that you make sure your boat is properly secured with lines that are the correct size and in good condition. This is not only important for the safety of your boat, but also the safety of the other boats in the marina. If you can not do this, please arrange to have your boat hauled. I do plan on conducting a seminar in the spring on how to properly secure your boat for a storm with the hope that it will help all of us!
The next subject has to do with allowing someone else to use your slip. On the lease that you signed for your slip, it states that you are not allowed to sublease your slip. Even though this is more a “lending” situation, it is still not allowed by the marina, especially with someone outside our marina. This is mostly from a liability stand point. This did occur during Sandy. Interesting, the only boat that had a sail come loose was the boat from another marina! There were three men trying to secure the sail in 35 knot wind and rain to protect the other boats around him. Please, if you would like to let a current slip holder in the marina “borrow” your slip, contact the office first. Otherwise, please do not offer your slip.
I would like to thank all of you for your kind words on Facebook as well as on our website. It really helped me to keep going and was greatly appreciated. If you haven’t visited either site recently, please do so and see some of the pictures that were taken during the storm.
Please try and make an effort to come back to the marina as soon as possible and untie any spider web lines running across the docks or slips. You may think I am twinkle toes, but if you saw me running around the docks today in these foul weather boots, you would definitely know that I am not!
We made it through another one! But will someone please turn the heat back on?!?!