Hurricane Sandy... What We've Learned

 Photo courtesy of BoatU.S.

The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) and the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) are teaming up to offer a series of three online webinars on March 5, 12, and 26 at 2 p.m. for marine facility operators and others interested in learning about how to secure boats to avoid damage in future storms.

WHY: Hurricane Sandy was the
single-largest recreational boating industry loss ever recorded, with over $650 million in damage to boats alone. Not included in that figure are the hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to marinas, boat yards and yacht clubs. Boats that didn't stay put in Sandy's exceptional storm surge caused damage to other boats,
marina infrastructure, and private and public property.

WHEN:  All webinars are at 2 p.m. EST
March 5 - The first in the series, "Sandy Overview: What We've Learned," will look at what made Hurricane Sandy so destructive and the types of damage it caused to boats and to marinas, and share some survival stories.

March 12 - "Securing Boats on Land," will focus on the challenges of securing boats inside storage structures as well as outside on the hard, and discuss some potential solutions and best practices.

March 26 - "Securing Boats in the Water," will look at the challenges presented by moorings and by various dock structures
such as fixed or floating docks, and also look at solutions and best practices.

HOW: The cost to attend is $10 per webinar for members of AMI or BoatUS and, for non-members, $25
for one webinar, $40 for two and $60 for all three. NY and NJ facilities are invited to attend for free, compliments of AMI and
BoatUS, but they must still register. Any proceeds after costs will be donated to the NJ Recovery and Relief Fund to aid recreational marine businesses damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Click here to register, or for more
information, call (866) 367-6622.