November 28, 2021

Essex Harbor Master Sets Minimum Storm Preparations for Hurricane Irene

Picnic tables upside down in Pettipaug clubhouse awaiting storm

Essex Harbor Master Paul Reggio has issue minimum recommendations for storm preparation. These recommendations must be adopted by all Essex mooring permit holders.  The National Weather Bureau has stated that Essex harbor is now in a tropical storm or a hurricane warning condition.

All of these storm preparations must be performed by all Essex mooring permit holders, or his/her authorized agent, within 18 hours of the tropical storm or hurricane warning. Failure to follow these standards may result in an automatic suspension of the  mooring permit.

The required preparations are as follows:

  1. All pennants must have chafe gear on them in such a fashion as to prevent the abrading of the pennant by the chock, or any other piece of hardware attached to bow of the boat.
  2. All dodgers, biminies and any other canvas, or plastic enclosures, must be removed from the outside of the boat to reduce windage.
  3. All headsails must be removed and stored somewhere other than on or  above the deck. All mainsails must either be removed and stored  somewhere other than on or above the deck, or wrapped with a strong line  in such a way to prevent the sail from coming undone during a blow,  therefore creating more windage.
  4. All loose objects shall be properly secured in such a way as to not do any  damage to another person, property or boat.

Harbor Master Riggio pointed out that these standards are advisory only, and that the Town of Essex, and its Harbor Master, assume no liability for personal injury or property damage, which  result  from the utilization of the above storm preparation standards.

Just a few boats still in the water off Pettipaug Yacht Club