Wednesday, January 09, 2013


Everyone knows that Super Storm Sandy virtually destroyed the Jersey Shore. Saying this, my 38 foot Sea Ray, Huff n Puff IV survived Sandy. She is located at the Atlantic Highlands municipal harbor on the Jersey Shore just down coast from Union Beach and across the bay from Staten Island, New York. What is most amazing, is other boats on hard stands around my boat were swept away or badly damaged. Some people told me that they saw a bearded guy with a long robe and staff walking away after the water receded, but that's a matter of conjecture.

My wife and I visited Puff as soon as we were permitted assuming the worst. We were astounded that Huff n Puff was just sitting there with only a small scratch on the swim platform. She had a matt of seaweed on her props, dirt on the swim platform, but no visible waterline mark on the hull. The first thing I asked myself was why did Puff survive? All I can say is that since this vessel has a hollow keel, Ozie and his very able yard crew made sure that, per Sea Ray's blocking instruction, all of the boat's stern weight is carried on the chines and not on the keel. Since I am a bit claustrophobic, I have them block it with at least 14 inches under the keel and periodically check that the weight if off the keel blocks. The 14 foot wave that came through the marina carried many boats, sail and power, off their stands or dropped them on their rudders and props. With all of Huff n Puff's weight on the chines, the kinetic time constant of the moving wave did not ove!
rcome the inertial static time constant of the boat's weight on its chines. Huff n Puff is a 1984 vintage boat built like a tank.

I must confess, I have a degree of survivor's guilt.

Tom Kesolits
Holmdel, New Jersey

Thomas J. Kesolits on 1/9/2013 6:32 AM

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Guy & Nina Anastasio

Guy & Nina lost one tree initially, it fell on Nina\'s car - not a complete loss and it has already been repaired. Subsequently the snow took out a few more trees. They only lost electricity for three days - Guy says they are ususally the last to get power back. They thank Centerpoint Energy crews from Houston for the service!

Jean L. Hamilton on 11/20/2012 2:18 PM

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Chris Windeler in NJ

Chester, NJ, house has no power, water (I am On Well), heat. Do not expect power for a least a week 11/14/12. Have 5 large trees down and 3 telephone poles sheared off. Have moved to son\'s house with power and internet.
Shore house at Chadwick Beach Island can not be inspected because it is not accessible due to ocean broaching to the bay. It appears to be on its foundation but probably flooded from ariel photos.

Chris Windeler

Chris L. Windeler on 11/7/112 6:19 PM

Monday, November 05, 2012

Flo Smith

from Flo, Nov 5 afternoon:

Dry yes, cold yes, no power yes! I finally went to work today and can get to my email.

Jean L. Hamilton on 11/5/2012 1:22 PM

Earl Schofield - Gales Ferry Marina

from Earl Schofield:
My boat successfully rode out the storm at Gales Ferry Marina.

Jean L. Hamilton on 11/5/2012 7:09 AM

Friday, November 02, 2012

Fred Deppert

Got message from Fred on Facebook yesterday that he and his family are ok. Per Fred: \"No power, maybe Saturday, boat survived great. Houses didn\'t.bay house is still standing, part of front exterior wall gone. Inland house 4 feet of water on ground level, living on second floor. Me and my wife, our black lab and cat are fine.\"

Kristi Watson Anderson on 11/2/2012 7:21 PM

Pat (Governale) Greer is well

Spencer just spoke to Pat. She is at home, has had no power, but it just came on. Had water/waves on her lawn but no other damage or issues. Boat is fine but marina\'s in NJ area are destroyed.

Kristi Watson Anderson on 11/2/2012 7:19 PM

Bob Holub

from Don Clark:
NMC Committee Members:

I talked to Bob Holub today and Wednesday. He lives in Massapequa, NY and was greatly affected by the hurricane. He had flooding in the basement and virtually from the first floor down is ruined. Bob had his office in his basement. He said the local town officials are doing all they can and that one of his customers, a restaurant owner, is providing he and Nancy with hot meals. Phone service is difficult. I asked if there was any help I could give he said they were OK for the moment.

I will do all of the agenda schedules from now on and take all of the changes at my e-mail address or phone 352 861 2176.

If in the future there is a way to reach out to Bob and others affected, lets pitch in an help in any way we can.



Jean L. Hamilton on 11/2/112 6:00 PM

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Spicers Marina

from William H. Adams Jr.:
All is \"OK\" at Spicers Marina, Goton Longpoint, CT.

Jean L. Hamilton on 11/1/112 11:05 PM

Glen & Diane Sherman, Peconic Bay D/3

Many of you know we are liveaboards. A good boat, two full days of preparation and a dress rehearsal last year during Irene have all paid off. We had little damage at our marina, none on the boat and watched the entire storm from the safety of a house on the marina property. We had a packed bag and escape route ready just in case but luckily didn\'t have to use it. We are safely back onboard with power and normal water levels. Thoughts and prayers are with our friends who were not so lucky. God is good and we are grateful.

Diane M. Sherman on 11/1/2012 9:59 PM

Sandy\'s effect on D/3

The D/3 Fall Conference scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled.
Many members of south shore squadrons are contending with major flooding and wind and water damage from Sandy.
Those living north of Sunrise Hwy have experienced wind damage, trees and power lines down and are without electric or cell phone service and can\'t be reached. Major roads are now open.

John R. Bradley on 11/1/112 3:34 PM

D4 Update

from Vincene Aquilato (City Island, D4):

Hurricane Sandy has wrecked havoc on the D/4 region and its members. Most of them are without power, and have suffered losses to their homes, boats, cars. Cell service is almost non-existent, and home phones are down as well. Thankfully, I have not heard of any personal injury.

The hotel at which our meeting was to have been held is also without power and they don\'t expect it to come back on line anytime soon. Gas supply is limited as well, as the stations have no power with which to pump the gas.

All in all the situation is not a good one.

Jean L. Hamilton on 11/1/2012 12:21 PM

Sandy on Cape Cod

We missed the worst of the storm here on the Cape. There was a storm surge and some damage along the coast. See link from local paper.
Charles Burke Cape Cod Sail and Power Squadron

Charles J. Burke on 11/1/2012 11:49 AM

Charles J. Burke on 11/1/2012 11:49 AM

Sandy on Cape Cod

We missed the worst of the storm here on the Cape. There was a storm surge and some damage along the coast. See link from local paper.
Charles Burke Cape Cod Sail and Power Squadron

Charles J. Burke on 11/1/2012 11:49 AM

Update on boats damaged during Hurricane Sandy at CYC, Cornwall-on-Hudson

The Cornwall Yacht Club (many 02-20 members) was heavily hit with storm surge damage and several of the members who had boats up on dry dock had those boats either lifted off or blown off their stands, sustaining varying degrees of damage. My boat had the top canvas completely torn off (gone and nowhere to be seen), cracks to smokey plastic front \"windshield\" and damage to fiberglass body. I am awaiting a BoatUS insurance adjuster to reply (do have a claim number) but suspect they are significantly backed up. My boat \"Second Chance\" was put back into water until adjuter can come, but is being checked and appears to have no water leaking into hull, but I am awaiting a more thorough inspection/check.

Vingie Genco on 11/1/2012 10:19 AM

D4 Fall Conference Cancelled

per New Providence Best Western hotel conference cancelled this weekend (Nov 3).

Jean L. Hamilton on 11/1/112 9:13 AM

Jean Hamilton and Dave Hinders - Sandy

Jean and Dave

Thanks for putting out the message this morning, I came to add my posts and found them already done. Having personally gone through the devastation of Frances and Jeanne (fortunately with a different spelling than yours!!) and the devastion it brought back in 2004, I know communication with the \"outside world\" is very important. I also discovered that members want to know how you are doing and want to listen. The only problem with that is that the unfortute homeowner is draining their cell phone battery with possibly no means to charge again. So one person calling and then posting here saves the homeowners battery power, and time that can be better spent drying out,saving \"precious\" items and calling their insurance company.

So members please look out for your Power Squadron family and then immediately post here so others do not have to call, if you want to touch base with friends, do it here - they will see your message when they hve power and time to follow up.


Nigel E. Hargreaves on 11/1/2012 9:16 AM

D7 Fall Conference Nov 2-4

from Bob Brandenstein 29 Oct:
D7 conference still on for this weekend in Pittsburgh.

Jean L. Hamilton on 11/1/2012 6:14 AM

Joe Balbo, Shrewbury, D4

spoke to Joe Tuesday evening (30th) - he was at sister\'s house, he has no power but is ok; was attempting to contact other D4 members regarding the fall conference this weekend (3rd); no update since

Jean L. Hamilton on 11/1/2012 6:03 AM

Ralph & NancE Bernard et al, Absecon Island, D5

from Nigel Hargreaves: spoke with Nance on Wednesday - they are fine, have power and no real damage; sister-in-law next door got about 6 inches of water in house; according to Ralph - he has never seen waves come over the sea wall and up their grass in his memory, and he has lived in the same house all his life.

Jean L. Hamilton on 11/1/2012 6:00 AM

Frank & Kathy Dougherty, Sebastian Inlet, D8

from Nigel Hargreaves: drove up to Millville Saturday 27th for daughter Kathy\'s wedding - arrived safely, no weather issues; by Monday 10:00 rain was severe, windows rattling; Monday evening they were dry and secure; Tuesday morning had power, no damage; wedding is on - hopefully will have power or will be a BBQ reception! Frank went to plant, it was also dry; brother Tom dougherty has home in Mays Landing on river\'s edge, Tom is in Vero Beach at this time; Frank and son Frank were driving over to Tom\'s house with camera Wednesday - don\'t yet know outcome; Kathy\'s daughter wanted white wedding - not sure that surf and snow counts as \"white\"

Jean L. Hamilton on 11/1/2012 5:53 AM

Bob Holub Jones Beach, D3

from Nigel Hargreaves: talked to Bob 10PM Tuesday night (30th)
He & Nancy OK - bottom half of home severely damaged; had several pumps in basement Sunday pumping out water but couldn\'t stay ahead of the incoming surge; when water level reached air vent level Bob decided it was time to abandon his efforts & they left; got back into house Tuesday - water had receded from around house; he restarted pumps using generators, by Tuesday evening had lowered level a couple of feet; continuing to pump on Wednesday; they are living in house, no electricity, using paraffin lanterns

Jean L. Hamilton on 11/1/2012 5:45 AM

Monday, October 29, 2012

District Five Fall 2012 Conference Cancelled

Jean L. Hamilton on 10/29/112 1:20 PM