Webinar series on lessons from Hurricane Sandy begins Tuesday

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The Association of Marina Industries and BoatUS are teaming up to offer a series of webinars to discuss why Hurricane Sandy did so much damage, how and why marina operators fell short and what lessons can be learned.

The first webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, will provide an overview of the damage from Sandy. Marina personnel worked feverishly to prepare, only to watch helplessly as Sandy's unprecedented swell ripped up fixed docks, lifted floating docks off their pilings and swept boats off jack stands.

The BoatUS Catastrophe Team was on-site as soon as it could gain access, in many cases within 24 hours of the storm making landfall. The team remained in the field right through Christmas, recovering boats, assessing damage and investigating what worked and what didn't to secure boats before the storm. Beth Leonard, director of technical services for the BoatUS Marine Insurance Program, will be sharing the CAT Team's experiences in this one-hour presentation.

Sandy was the 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 during Sandy's exceptional storm surge damaged other boats, marina infrastructure, and private and public property.

• Tuesday: The first webinar in the series, "Sandy Overview: What We've Learned," will look at what made Sandy so destructive and the types of damage it caused to boats and marinas, and share some survival stories.

• March 12: "Securing Boats on Land" will focus on the challenges of securing boats inside storage structures as well as outside on the hard and discuss potential solutions and best practices.

• March 26: "Securing Boats in the Water" will look at the challenges presented by moorings and by dock structures, such as fixed or floating docks, and also look at solutions and best practices.

Each of the webinars will be held at 2 p.m. EST and will cost $10 per webinar for members of AMI or BoatUS. For non-members, the cost is $25 for one webinar, $40 for two or $60 for all three. Facilities in New York and New Jersey are invited to attend free, compliments of AMI and BoatUS, but they must register.

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

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