Boaters prepare for Jose’s arrival

New London

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s the calm before the storm. Right now marinas along the shoreline are calm but they are still preparing for what Jose could send this way.

At Burr’s Marina in New London, they are busy doubling up lines and adding fenders to make sure the boats stay secure during the storm.

“Forty fifty mile an hour winds is a bad nor’easter,” said Burr’s Marina owner Adam Burr. “The swell is what’s going to probably break lines and cause damage to boats, gunnels, and things like that.”

At this point no one has asked to have their boats pulled from the water but the marina may get those requests if it looks like Jose is going to come closer to Connecticut.

Dr. Dick Fraser spent Monday morning doubling up the lines on his boat EZ Times.

“Make sure there’s two lines in every tie off to the boat so if one snaps the other one is there hopefully to keep it from crashing,” said Dr. Fraser. He’s trying to keep his boat five or six feet away from the dock.

“Better off away from the dock if you can and then put extra fenders so if it does get close to the dock hopefully it hits the fender and not my boat,” said Dr. Fraser.

He had another boat which was damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

“Just kept banging against the dock and kind of my rub rail on the side,” said Dr. Fraser.

Many boaters at Burr’s Marina say if they hear the storm will be worse than expected that’s when they’ll either take their boats out of the water or move them up river to Shaw’s Cove which is more protected.

The coastal storm is also causing concern for some downtown New London businesses which have experienced flash flooding in the past.

Tony Silvestri changed grades and improved retainer walls at his Bank Street properties since a storm in September 2015 flooded them. He now has a direct line to the mayor.

“Literally he has given me his cell phone number,” said Silvestri. “So whenever we get in a situation down there we actually keep him abreast of the situation. So he’s able to like send somebody down take care of the pumps ahead of time.”

He’ll also be battening down the hatches. Taking advantage of this calm before the storm.

“We do whatever we can to prep beforehand,” said Burr. “I don’t come down during the storm. It’s not worth it. They have insurance. I’m not going to risk injury.”

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