“We’re clearing all our docks,” said Louis Grignon, manager of the Sag Harbor Yacht Yard.
After tracking Hurricane Irene—which threatens to hit the East End sometime on Sunday—Grignon said he decided yesterday (Tuesday) to institute an official “hurricane haul.” In addition to the fact that the eye of the storm looks set to cross right over Long Island (even touching Sag Harbor, according to Tuesday’s reports), Grignon further explained that because of the new moon the East End will be seeing “astronomically high tides” this weekend.
Grignon said the Sag Harbor Yacht Yard has the capacity to haul about 20 to 25 boats toshore per day, and it had brought in 14 boats by 1 p.m. Thursday. “That’s in addition to roughly 30 boats that have already been grounded,” he added. In all, “we’ll get a good two-thirds of our customers taken care of,” Grignon later estimated.
Most of Grignon’s customers have already signed storm-haul contracts, which give the Yacht Yard the right to bring all docked ships to shore. Grignon’s team is also hauling some vessels in from beyond the breakwater, and securing those fastened to mornings inside the grid.
Above: North Haven Village Trustee George Butts helps his son, George, pull his small speed boat to shore.
Grignon said his philosophy going into a weekend rife with hurricane threats is, “You do the best you can before hand to prepare—and you pick up the pieces afterward.”
He hopes to have all boats on shore by Saturday.