NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Right now folks at Burr’s Marina say it is wait and see. But if it does look like Hurricane Matthew will impact the Connecticut shoreline they’ll start to haul boats out of the water.
Boats are his business.
“So what you do is first you check on what side of the storm you’re going to be on,” says Derek Rupe who is also watching the storm.
“That one’s a self charging hybrid boat so while it sails it generates power through the drive train from the propeller,” says Rupe.
“You know tie stuff off,” says Rupe. “If anything’s gonna break or could break you want to double it up.”
He also has a certain strategy to protect his boats from high storm surges.
The goal is to keep the boats and the marina safe in any storm.
“The docks get damaged if the boats are tied to them. Floating debris, high tides will rip loose boards up,” says Burr who hopes Hurricane Matthew heads out to sea soon. “Absolutely.”
If boaters need to take their boats out of the water now they will most likely keep them out for the rest of the season because there’s an added cost to put them back.