Hurricane Sandy was the single largest recreational boating industry loss ever recorded, with more than $650 million in damage to boats alone. Not included in that figure are the hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs.
Boats that didn't stay put in Sandy's exceptional storm surge caused damage to other boats, marina infrastructure, and private and public property.
The Association of Marina Industries and BoatUS are teaming up to offer a series of three online webinars on March 5, 12 and 26 at 2 p.m. EST for marine facility operators and others interested in learning about how to secure boats to avoid damage in future storms.
"When boats get loose in a storm like Sandy, it creates problems both within and beyond your marina's property line," said BoatUS technical services director Beth Leonard. "It is a double whammy: your boating facility is devastated and the surrounding community's recovery is impacted as well, so keeping boats in place is essential to limiting damage. Our goal is to give boating facility operators the information that can help them make informed decisions about planning for the next big storm, with an eye towards reducing damage to their own infrastructure, their neighborhood, and their customers' boats."