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Hurricane Ike - Lessons Ive Learned
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Posted: October 01, 2008
I’m not a writer, nor am I an insurance person, but I am a boater and after spending some time with the BoatUS CAT Team (Catastrophe Team) I learned a number of things:
1. There’s no such thing as a boater having no insurance; they are actually self insured. If your boat ended up like one of these at any of the marinas we visited, you will still have to pay to have your boat removed and disposed. If your boat sunk, you’ll still need to have it hauled, removed and disposed. If it has any fuel in it, you could also be liable for environmental damages. So when it comes to bo...... Read More

Hurricane Ike - Report from Texas
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Posted: September 26, 2008
Here are links to the reports Chris Landry (Senior Reporter from Soundings Magazine) filed from his time with us in Texas:
EXCLUSIVE: Firsthand report from Texas on Hurricane Ike
EXCLUSIVE: Day 2 in post-Ike Texas
EXCLUSIVE: Day 3 in post-Ike Texa

Hurricane Ike - Day 3 - CAT Team - Houston Yacht Club
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Posted: September 25, 2008
Our last day with the CAT Team. We got up early for the Morning meeting then we hit the road for the Houston Yacht Club.
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Hurricane Ike - Day two with the CAT Team - Galveston Yacht Basin, Galveston, TX
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Posted In Hurricane Ike
Posted: September 24, 2008
After the 7am CAT Team meeting, we jumped into the car and drove to Galveston Yacht Basin. What should have taken 30 minutes ended up taking over 2 hours due to the traffic getting on to Galeston Island! The island wasn't open to the public yet and they had a security check point that brought the highway down to just 2 lanes. Most of the traffic consistant of trucks with ladders and cleaning equipment trying to get out to the island to help with the clean up.
When we finally arrived, the devistation was amazing! There were boats along the edge of the highway leading to the island where the...... Read More

Hurricane Ike - Day two with the CAT Team - Watergate Yachting Center, Lake Shores, TX
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Posted: September 24, 2008
After leaving Galveston, we headed for Clear Lake. There was still a very long line of cars, acutally mostly trucks and SUVs, heading for Galveston Island. I imagine they were mostly workers heading there to help clean up the island.
Our first stop on Clear Lake was Watergate Yachting Center.
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Hurricane Ike - Day 2 - CAT Team - Waterford Harbor Marina
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Posted: September 24, 2008
After visiting Watergate, we drove around the corner and visited Waterford Harbor Marina and Yacht Club. What a difference between the two marinas! Waterford was better protected, plus they have floating docks with very tall pilings.
I was so amazed at the difference between the two marinas that I didn't take an still photographs, just this video.

To see more videos from our time with the BoatUS CAT Team, go to Scott Croft's Blogs:
http://www.boatus.com/blogs/portal/blogs.asp?AID=13

Hurricane Ike - Day two with the CAT Team - Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook TX
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Posted: September 24, 2008
Our last stop for the day was still on Clear Lake, but this time we visited Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook.
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Hurricane Ike - Day one with the CAT Team - Bayland Park Marina, Baytown, TX
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Posted In Hurricane Ike
Posted: September 23, 2008
Scott Croft, (Assistant Vice President for BoatUS Public Relations and an editor for BoatUS Magazine) and I flew to Houston and met up with Chris Laundry (Senior Reporter from Soundings Magazine). This is the first time the CAT Team is allowing anyone other than CAT Team staff to attend their staff meetings and go out into the field with them.
Rick Wilson (BoatUS Assistant Vice President and Director of the Hurricane CAT team) took us to Bayland Marina for our first view of Ike’s destruction. The photographs tell the story much better than my words can, but I do need to explain a fe...... Read More

Hurricane Ike - I get to spend time with the BoatUS CAT Team!
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Posted In Hurricane Ike
Posted: September 22, 2008
Many years ago, too many years ago, I put my self through college as a photographer for a small upstate New York daily newspaper called The Geneva Times (now The Finger Lakes Times). I shot a lot of high school and college sports, mostly football and basketball, plus some local news. That was before digital cameras and Adobe Photoshop, but I quickly adapted to the digital age and have come to enjoy photography even more.
I’ve been lucky that during my past 17 years at BoatUS I have been able to use my photography on a regular basis. First it was when I was in the Towing Division ...... Read More

Hurricane Ike - Who is the BoatUS CAT Team?
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Posted In Hurricane Ike
Posted: September 22, 2008
Before I start, I really should introduce the BoatUS Catastrophe (CAT) Team.
This is the team that was in Texas:
BoatUS Hurricane Ike CAT Team - September 2008... Read More