Recreational boaters in the Northeast, which have been spared having to deal with a major hurricane for much longer than how nature - and the odds - normally play out, largely took Hurricane Bill in stride.
On hearing that a storm called Bill was heading for New England, the Riley family of Chepachet, R.I., decided to spend the night in their 29-foot powerboat -- with their three grandchildren.
"We're not worried at this point," said Andrea Riley, sitting on a chair aboard the shiny Make My Day. "We slept in the boat last summer during a tropical storm." The boat hit the dock a few times, "but that was it."
However, the storm claimed at least two lives - a 7-year-old girl died in Maine after she and more than 20 others were swept into the water off Acadia National Park's Thunder Hole; and a 54-year-old Florida swimmer was also killed, according to an article in The New York Times.