NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — On this sunny Friday morning a fork lift carries a speed boat through the yard at Three Belles Marina.
But it didn’t just pull the boat out of the water it’s going into the water. Folks at the Niantic marina aren’t too concerned about Tropical Storm Hermine yet but they have gotten calls from some cautious boat owners.
“They’ve just asked if the weather looks bad could you pull it? Or are we planning on pulling it?” says Garrett Enman.
Right now the only boats coming out of the water were coming out for the season anyway. Sailboats take longer to prepare.
“Sails have to come off, canvas work, dodgers, enclosures…” says Dan Coan with CT Yacht Rigging.
He says it can take hours to prepare a sailboat to be pulled from the water. Those same preps though will help it weather a storm if it’s left in the water too.
“This is more annual work but if the storm does come our way he will be one step ahead of everyone else,” says Coan.
At Three Belles Marina they have something called a hurricane club and if you’re in it you get preferential treatment if boats need to be pulled.
Still it’s never too late to request to have your boat pulled.
“If it did turn into something that was going to be a hurricane it’s going to be a scramble either way,” says Enman. “Everybody’s going to be calling and say get my boats out so I think we’d probably have 24 hours of a really hectic schedule I would imagine.”
Even though no boaters have made that request yet they are adjusting their weekend plans.
“We were trying to go out later in the weekend but it looks like the storm’s coming so we probably won’t get a chance. Hoping to have a nice day today,” says Russ Krebs of Glastonbury.
“Just maybe tomorrow,” says Diane Damato of Glastonbury. “Maybe today and tomorrow. With the weather coming I guess we’re going to see what they’re forecasting as it gets closer.”
If boaters do decide to pull their boat out they will have to pay an extra charge if they want to put it back in the water after the storm passes.WEB EXTRA: