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PHOTOS: Higher Tides Prompt Boaters to Action

Boaters remove their vessels from marina at Nissequogue River State Park.

The slips at the Nissequogue River State Park marina were nearly empty by 2:00 p.m. as boaters fearful of the high tides took their crafts out of the water. 

Phil McKeon and James Curry, both veteran boaters weren’t taking any chances.

“When the tide comes up, the docks will float over those polls and there will be nothing holding those boats in,” said Curry.  

Curry’s been boating all his life and has owned a boat for 19 years.  He’s lived through several storms through the years and believed that this storm’s tide will be exceptionally high.  

Acting early, he removed his boat because he didn’t want to be waiting on line later Saturday.  He believes there is a solution to keeping the dock from separating.

“I would be jamming 2 X 3’s to hold those polls down, that’s what we have done in the past," said Curry.

He also read his insurance policy and it clearly indicated that within forty-eight hours notice of a hurricane, he had to get his boat out of the marina.

“You have to read your policy, some policies will even cover the transfer of your boat,” he said.

McKeon didn’t want to take a chance either and took Murphy’s Law into account when making the choice to pull his boat out of the water. 

“This is a good harbor, it’s very protective but at high tide this parking lot will be under water,” said McKeon.  

Kathleen August 28, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Thanks for the pix! Does anyone have pix of nissequoge mooring area behind old dock inn ? Our small sailboat is moored there. It's white with blue stripe and blue sailcover. It has a star painted on cockpit. Any info would be great since we are in fla. Keys . Cell and Internet is spotty here. Thanks ever so much! Steve and kathleen Laverty owners of sailboat "lone star"
Maureen Rossi August 29, 2011 at 05:48 PM
I do have pix there Kathleen - I'll check my pix and I'll also go down there to check on your boat and let you know how it is!
Dan D August 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM
Kathleen, a lot of the boats were hauled out. The boats remaining rode out the storm just fine. If the initials of your boat is LS, it looks the same as it did before the storm. I could take a closer look but from what I could see, like all the others boats, it was unscathed.
Maureen Rossi September 01, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Kathleen - Dan is right --I see a small sail with blue cover - I couldn't see the name but it's seem OK, I have to go down today and I'll take a new shot of the boats -if you e-mail me, I can send you the picture! Thanks.
Dan D September 02, 2011 at 01:07 AM
I know who Kathleen is and I know Lone Star. Like all the other boats, Lone Star did just fine. I can inspect the boat close up and get some pics that she can look at if it makes her feel better. At this point thought I would have to say that Lone Star is just fine and waiting for Kathleeen and Steve to sail her when they get back.

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