At Seaport Marine in Mystic, the slips are filling up fast. The marina has become safe harbor for many of the boats normally docked at Noank Shipyard which sits more towards the mouth of the Mystic River.
Both marinas are managed by Harry Boardsen. Boardsen tells News 8 the boats were moved to Seaport Marine because it is more sheltered since it sits north of the railroad bridge.
The now fully restored Aphrodite which once hosted Shirley Temple’s 9th birthday party also sought shelter at Seaport Marine from its home port in Watch Hill, R..I.
“It’s calm. It’s sheltered from the railroad tracks and Aphrodite needs a safe spot to be,” said Capt. Kirk Reynolds who made the move at 7:30 Tuesday morning. He says the Mystic River is a mill pond compared to Watch Hill.
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“There were swells that were probably six foot swells and out around the corner of Watch Hill light there were probably seven to ten foot seas,” said Capt. Reynolds.
“On the outside I understand there’s going to be 20 foot waves. This is where we belong,” said Sandy Williamson. She and Dan Kirsch made the trek from Newport on their boat Sandana. Kirsch has added extra lines and fenders to protect their yacht.
“Because of the size of the boat it holds it to the dock better so if the winds blowing this way I got two lines that way,” said Kirsch. “In the opposite direction two this way,”
Crews at the marinas also doubled up lines and added extra fenders to boats that remain in the water. About a dozen were hauled at Noank Shipyard but most were moved to Seaport Marine.
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“I feel very safe being here,” said Capt Reynolds.
He also rode out Hurricane Gloria in Mystic when there were three foot storm surges over the docks.
Tim Murray who owns John’s Tavern will continue watching Jose very closely.
“The river’s right across the street from our tavern here in downtown Mystic so any storm’s a concern,” said Murray.