Marinas prep for possible hit from Joaquin


BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Joaquin is now a hurricane, and boat owner’s and marinas say now is the time to get ready in case the storm heads our way.

At Brewer Bruce and Johnson’s Marina in Branford, manager Ed Vianney and his crew are bracing for a busy few days.

“A lot of people want their boats taken out and we do, we have three travelers there and we can get an awful lot of boats out in a day if we had to. We could do 20 – 25 in a day,” said VIanney.

Crews will be busy taking some out, and relocating others. The marina also helps nearby marinas that aren’t as protected from the elements.

“We have a very safe harbor at Bruce and Johnson’s. They call us, can you bring the boat over? Can you pick it up? And we do it,” said Vianney.

Vianney went to nearby Pine Orchard Yacht Club to pick up a boat at the owner’s request. Once there, he assessed the current conditions and decided the winds were too strong and the seas to rough to risk moving the boat.

“We’re gonna err on the side of caution. I don’t want to put the boat, particularly my guys, in jeopardy,” said Vianney.

Management at Pine Orchard says many of the boats on their docks may have to ride out the storm in the water.

“Getting all these boats out, there are 105 boats, it is gonna be tough to get them all out. Depending on the window and how fast the storm comes,” said Dan Colburn, Facilities Manager at Pine Orchard Yacht Club.

Back at Bruce and Johnson’s, some boats are already up and others are tightly secured and ready to ride it out. Since Joaquin was upgraded to hurricane strength this morning, their phones have been ringing steadily. Vianney says they might attempt to retrieve the boat from Pine Orchard tomorrow if conditions improve.

“We’ll definitely get more calls and we’ll play them as they come. You know, evaluate the weather once again, sea conditions, and make a decision whether we go or not,” said Vianney.

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