Boaters assess tsunami losses

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Larry Evans arrived Friday at the Santa Cruz Harbor just in time to see the second surge from the Japanese tsunami slam his 21-foot fishing boat against the dock, swamping it.

Moments later, as he helplessly watched from shore, a third wave capsized it. Around him, others cried as their boats rose and fell with the surges.

On Sunday, Evans was back at the harbor, where the tsunami sank 18 boats and did $17 million worth of infrastructure damage. As cleanup efforts intensified, Evans watched a crane hoist his craft from the water.

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Meanwhile, in Hawaii, it a similar story.

Maui County's harbors were back in business Saturday after a tsunami swept through them early Friday. At least two boats sank in the county's small-boat harbors, according a spokeswoman for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, which manages the harbors.

The department's division of boating and ocean recreation was continuing to assess damage, which she said was "considerable." More information about damage is expected early this week.

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