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Boating loss from Sandy hard to calculate

Kevin Kelly couldn’t quite tell the damage Hurricane Sandy caused his 30-foot Wellcraft Sportfisher when he saw it last week. It was in the middle of Shrewsbury Avenue in Highlands, N.J., under a pile of about 30 boats entangled in power lines.

He got the bad news last Wednesday: American Star is a total loss after the top was ripped off its tower and the engine compartment was flooded.

The Coast Guard, industry organizations and insurers are all still trying to get a handle on the extent of Sandy’s damage.

But some in the recreation boating industry say boat destruction will be among the worst caused by a storm hitting the United States.

“The comment we’ve heard over and over is that, ‘We’ve never seen anything like it,’ “BoatUS spokesman Scott Croft told the Asbury Park Press.

Click here for the full report by the Asbury Park Press.