Hurricane Sandy webinar set for Tuesday

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The Association of Marina Industries and BoatUS are holding the last of three webinars to offer advice on lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy.

The third and final webinar, “Securing Boats in the Water,” will be held at 2 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday.

After suffering through the devastating hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005, many Florida marinas rebuilt their docks to withstand hurricane winds and surge, using highly engineered floating docks on tall pilings. But success depends on understanding your marina’s or boat club’s risks, engineering to those risks, and preparing the marina before the storm. The same can be said for moorings.

BoatUS technical service director Beth Leonard will share what the BoatUS catastrophe teams have learned with respect to moorings and dock structures, both fixed and floating, and share new ideas that have come out of debriefing the BoatUS CAT Teams after Sandy.

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 hundreds of millions of dollars in damage 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.

“Securing Boats in the Water” will look at the challenges presented by moorings and by dock structures, such as fixed or floating docks, and look at solutions and best practices.

The first in the series, “Sandy Overview: What We’ve Learned,” was held March 5 and looked at what made Hurricane Sandy so destructive and the types of damage it caused. The second was held March 12 and dealt with the storage of boats on land. Recordings of the first two webinars will be available for a small fee.

The cost to attend is $10 for members of AMI or BoatUS and, for non-members, $25 for one webinar, $40 for two and $60 for all three. New York and New Jersey facilities are invited to attend free, compliments of AMI and BoatUS, but they must still register.

Any proceeds after costs will be donated to the New Jersey Recovery and Relief Fund to aid recreational marine businesses damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

Click here to register and click here for the full release.

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