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Over $650 Million in Estimated Losses to Boats
Written by Scott Croft   
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

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Over $650 Million in Estimated Losses to Boats
Makes Storm, Single Largest Disaster for Recreational Boats on Record

STATEN ISLAND, NY, November 14, 2012 — The nation’s largest group of boaters, Boat Owner’s Association of The United States (BoatUS), estimates that over 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy. BoatUS also estimates that dollar damage to all recreational boats (only) is $650 million, making the late October storm the single-largest industry loss since the Association began keeping track in 1966.
“We are all reeling from the huge impact this storm has had on communities and people’s lives,” said BoatUS AVP Public Affairs Scott Croft. “We’ve never seen anything like it. The scope of the damage to boats is unprecedented, affecting large areas from the Atlantic seaboard as far inland as the Great Lakes, with the majority of damage in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. The combination of boats stored ashore at low elevations and record high surge levels caused hundreds, if not thousands, of boats to float away into neighborhoods, parks and marshes. The tri-state coastline left no place for the surge to go, but up. While some boats that stayed in the slips did fine, other boats tied to floating docks simply lifted off too-short pilings and floated away — still tied to the dock. Some vessels never made it out of their slip and rest on the bottom.”
The BoatUS Catastrophe Response Team reports that the marine community has rallied to gain the upper hand on the recovery process. “If there is a story to tell, it’s about how the boating industry got together immediately after the storm to help each other out and get boats back in their place,” said BoatUS Catastrophe Team Member Jack Hornor. While some New Jersey barrier islands continue to restrict access delaying boat recovery efforts, some marinas, boat clubs and yards have recovered their customers’ boats and put them back on blocks to undergo damage assessments. Many boating facilities, especially those on New Jersey’s coast, Staten Island and western Long Island, sustained significant damage to infrastructure such as docks, workshops, clubhouses and equipment, which will likely have an impact on the 2013 boating season.
BoatUS estimates over 32,000 boats were damaged in NY, followed by New Jersey’s 25,000, Connecticut’s 2,500 and 6,000 remaining in various states. Dollar damage to recreational boats (only) in New York is estimated at $324 million, followed by $242 million in New Jersey and $23 million in Connecticut. Previously, in the 2005 storm season, Hurricane Wilma and Katrina damage was estimated at over $700 million combined.
As with any storm, the BoatUS Marine Insurance Program will be investigating hurricane damage prevention measures taken by boaters and possible new solutions, but one early indication is that boats tied-up to protected floating docks with tall pilings had the best chance of survival with Sandy. “However, you can’t base a hurricane preparation plan on one storm. While storm surge was the biggest factor here, wind and rain can be major factors in the next one. Hindsight is only good if you look at the bigger picture,” said BoatUS Director of Technical Services Bob Adriance.
One new factor that is affecting post-hurricane boat recovery efforts? Snow. BoatUS reports there is some concern in the industry that storm damaged vessels may not be winterized in time with the arrival of colder weather.
Video of the BoatUS Catastrophe response team on the ground in New York and New Jersey.
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Boaters After Sandy: Tips on Getting Salvage and Repairs Done Right
Written by D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com   
Thursday, 08 November 2012 15:12
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Boaters After Sandy: Tips on Getting Salvage and Repairs Done Right

"This isn't the time to hire someone cruising the beach in a tow truck"

ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 2, 2012 – For many recreational boaters, getting the right salvage and repair help for a damaged boat after a hurricane is difficult. Some insurance programs like BoatUS will arrange and pay to have their insured’s boats salvaged and other insurers will at least provide some assistance, but those without insurance don’t have anyone to lean on. For those going it alone, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some tips to find the right salvor and to help get the repairs done right.

Stay away from the inexperienced: “The decision to hire a salvage contractor or repairer should be based on skill and experience and not on a low-ball price,” said BoatUS Director of Damage Avoidance Bob Adriance. “Too often after a hurricane, fly-by-night operators come in and do more harm than good – this isn’t the time to hire someone cruising the beach in a tow truck. Ask them how long they have been doing business and for references – and call them.”

Check out the BoatUS complaint database: The free online BoatUS Consumer Protection Database at www.BoatUS.com/consumerdatabase is the only source of consumer complaints and safety information reported by boat owners, the US Coast Guard, manufacturers, marine surveyors and marine technicians. Before you hire someone, check to see if they made list.

It’s the “association”: There are some telltale indicators that show a business is in it for the long haul – which could ultimately be good for the consumer. One indicator is a company having professional membership in a trade association, acknowledging codes of ethics and embracing standards. Boat owners setting out for salvage and repairs can check out these websites to help find service providers in their area:

• American Boat & Yacht Council (www.abycinc.org): ABYC develops safety standards for the repair and maintenance of boats. Boat owners seeking hurricane repairs are strongly encouraged to take their business to shops that follow ABYC standards.
• C-PORT, The Conference of Professional Operators for Response Towing (www.cport.us): C-PORT, whose members include salvage and on-the-water towing companies, establishes standards for professionalism, training and good business practices.
• American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (www.abbra.org): ABBRA is the association for small boat building and repair shops dedicated to professional development, training and education.
• Local Marine Trades organizations: Many regions have marine trade associations that have members - local businesses - offering a range of services.

Deep Diving Plugs for Spring Stripers
Written by Capt. Brian Rice   
Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:05

Saltwater Fishin’ Vol 4, No. 4

Pro Recommends Deep Diving Plugs for Spring Stripers

Capt. Brian Rice uses light tackle to troll for early season striped bass -  Here’s how he does it

Captain Brian Rice ran the Jersey Devil, a 29’ Yamaha-powered Contender®, from its slip in the Nevasink River down into Raritan Bay, a large embayment nestled between the tip of Sandy Hook, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York.  He was headed toward the mouth of the Raritan River to an area of flats surrounding the main shipping channels. Upon reaching his destination, he slowed the boat, and the depth finder lit up with pods of striped bass hugging the bottom in 20-to-30-feet of water. This area is part of the larger estuary complex that is home to the Hudson River stock of striped bass, which also includes places such as Jamaica Bay and Western Long Island Sound. It is similar to other estuary complexes associated with the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay stocks of stripers, and they are all great places to fish for linesiders in the spring months.

Mate Jim “Peaches” Massimino, Jr. shows off a particularly large spring bass that could resist a Stretch plug.

The overwhelming majority of the East Coast striped bass population is comprised of cohorts from those three major spawning stocks.  READ MORE HERE


Fluke Fishing: Does Color Matter?
Written by Bob Maehrlein   
Saturday, 18 June 2011 15:41

Bucktail Stinger If you've fished for any amount of time, you've probably heard someone use phrases like, "You can use any color, as long as it's white."  Or, "If it ain't chartreuse, it ain't no use!"  I know I've used expressions like that from time to time.

For these expressions to be so widely used, there must be a great deal of truth to them.  Right?  Of course, they can't be true all the time.  Can they?  Or does color even  matter at all?  Is it just a confidence thing?

For a long time now my favorite colors for fluke (and some other saltwater fish) have been chartreuse, white and pink.  I do try to match a color to what I think will work best for the current conditions, e.g. stained water, clear water, cloudy skies, rough water, etc.  Having said that, I admittedly, at times, use them somewhat randomly as well, e.g. "This color looks cool!  I think I'll try this one."  

Does it matter?

Fishing on the Irish Ayes the other day, we had a pretty hot fluke bite going. And when the bite is hot that's the time to experiment.  What I learned that day is that color definitely matters (at least sometimes).  Let me share my experience.

My rig was set up as follows:
A white 3 oz. Spro bucktail with a white bucktail teaser hook placed about 12" above the Spro.  I also had a stinger hook attached to the Spro (see Rigging the Bucktail Stinger: 101).
For bait on the Spro I had two Chartreuse 4" Gulp! Swimming Mullets (one on the main hook and one on the stinger).  On the teaser hook above I had a Pearl White 4" Gulp! Swimming Mullet.

Using the rig like this, every bite came on the Spro or the stinger attached to the Spro.  After a while I swapped out the white Gulp! on the teaser with a natural color 3" Gulp! Shrimp.  Still, every bite was on the Spro or the stinger.

NJ Fluke / Summer Flounder Fishing
Written by Chris Gatley | ESPNOutdoors.com   
Saturday, 03 July 2010 18:32

Back Bay areas yield nice Summer Flounder (Fluke)

while New England states struggle

Courtesy: Chris GatleyBill Vasaturo of Morgantown, PA caught this 
9.41 pound Flounder while fishing behind Wildwood on Bob Kenig's 
"Saint Sandy" on opening day.

When the New York season opened a couple weeks ago, plenty of boats and anglers targeted these flatfish despite the two fish limit at 21 inches per fish. "Fluke fishing out of Shinnecock Inlet was slow for most" said Horst Klein. "After days of tough fishing, we opted to target the plentiful striped bass."

New York and Long Island Sound fishermen should start to see good fishing any day now. In years past, the early season was always productive, especially for those that love to fish bucktail jigs tipped with mackerel strips, squid or Berkley Gulp!

Right now, shallow Back Bay areas of Absecon and Wildwood New Jersey is producing lots of fluke with plenty of four to six pounders thrown in for good measure. Water temperatures are at their warmest on shallow mud flats and at the slack tide. "That is when we are finding the best fluke fishing" according to Cathy Algard at Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle in Wildwood. Cathy went on to say, "Shop customers are targeting drop offs and sod bank cuts, and fishing under sunny skies. Small bucktail jig heads or New Penny Shrimp made by Berkley Gulp! have been taking plenty of fish."

Fluke seek out eel grass and pilings for the protection they offer, making Back Bay regions key haunts during certain portions of the year. In the summer, small and medium sized adults situate themselves on sandy or muddy bottoms of bays, harbors and along the open coastline. Most of the larger fish are found in deeper water (50 to 60 feet). As fall arrives, fluke migrate to the offshore waters in depths from 150 to more than 500 feet.


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