sail-world.com -- The count begins - 65,000 boats damaged by Sandy
The count begins - 65,000 boats damaged by Sandy
Fri, 16 Nov 2012
The numbers are in, at least an estimate, and they're staggering. According to BoatUS Hurricane Sandy damaged more than 65,000 boats and caused more than US$650m in damages across the US.
'We've never seen anything like it,' said Scott Croft, BoatUS AVP of Public Affairs, 'The scope of the damage to boats is unprecedented, affecting large areas from the Atlantic seaboard as far inland as the Great Lakes, with the majority of damage in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. The combination of boats stored ashore at low elevations and record high surge levels caused hundreds, if not thousands, of boats to float away into neighborhoods, parks and marshes. The tri-state coastline left no place for the surge to go, but up.'
More than 32,000 boats were damaged in New York, followed by New Jersey's 25,000, Connecticut's 2,500 and 6,000 remaining in various states. Dollar damage to recreational boats in New York is estimated at US$324m, followed by $242m in in New Jersey and $23m in Connecticut. In the 2005 storm season, the combined damages caused by Hurricanes Wilma and Katrina were estimated at more than US$700m.Croft said the hurricane was the single-larges industry loss since BoatUS started keeping track in 1966.
'If there is a story to tell, it's about how the boating industry got together immediately after the storm to help each other out and get boats back in their place,' said BoatUS Catastrophe Team Member Jack Hornor. 'While some New Jersey barrier islands continue to restrict access delaying boat recovery efforts, some marinas, boat clubs and yards have recovered their customers' boats and put them back on blocks to undergo damage assessments.'
Hornor said that marina, yacht club and other infrastructure damage on New Jersey’s coast, Staten Island and western Long Island could impact the 2013 boating season.
Watch this video of the BoatUS Catastrophe response team on the ground in New York and New Jersey:
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