Marinas watching Matthew very closely

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.

hurricane matthew marina preps 1 Marinas watching Matthew very closely“Ahh probably 15 to 20 we’d have to do in a couple of days which just means really long days,” says owner Adam Burr.

Boats are his business.

“We’re watching it closely,” says Burr. “We watch it every morning and every night just to see if the track’s changing.”hurricane matthew marina preps 2 Marinas watching Matthew very closely

“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.

hurricane matthew marina preps 3 Marinas watching Matthew very closelyHe owns ‘Captineer’ and converts diesel engines on sailboats to electric engines like one boat at Burr’s with two propellers on top turning in the wind.

“That one’s a self charging hybrid boat so while it sails it generates power through the drive train from the propeller,” says Rupe.

That hybrid and a wooden sailboat tied to a nearby slip are his and he plans to keep both in the water with extra dock lines if needed.hurricane matthew marina preps 4 Marinas watching Matthew very closely

“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.

hurricane matthew marina preps 5 Marinas watching Matthew very closely“So you have to tie the boat in a way where it can go up and down in the storm surge with the same amount of tension on the ropes,” explains Rupe.

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.

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