Sandy Damaged 65,000 Boats

It is now estimated that more than 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy according to a report released today by the Boat Owner’s Association of The United States (BoatUS).

The dollar damage associated with all recreational boats from the storm is reported to be approximately $650 million, making this the single-largest industry loss since BoatUS began keeping track in 1966.

Video and more after the photo, which was taken by U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Andy Johnson. In the photo, USCG Petty Officer 1st Class Devin Marchut and Petty Officer 1st Class David Caterisano assess a partially submerged vessel in Navesink River, N.J. on November 10, 2012…

Hurricane Sandy Boat Damage

We shared a few brief news and amateur videos of some of the damage immediately following the storm in an earlier post on the Daily Boater, but the BoatUS video below includes a much more comprehensive look at the boat and marina damage more than a week later. One of the more noticeable additions to the BoatUS video that wasn’t in the earlier videos we shared… snow!


“We are all reeling from the huge impact this storm has had on communities and people’s lives,” said BoatUS AVP Public Affairs Scott Croft.  “We’ve never seen anything like it. The scope of the damage to boats is unprecedented, affecting large areas from the Atlantic seaboard as far inland as the Great Lakes, with the majority of damage in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. The combination of boats stored ashore at low elevations and record high surge levels caused hundreds, if not thousands, of boats to float away into neighborhoods, parks and marshes. The tri-state coastline left no place for the surge to go, but up. While some boats that stayed in the slips did fine, other boats tied to floating docks simply lifted off too-short pilings and floated away – still tied to the dock. Some vessels never made it out of their slip and rest on the bottom.”

BoatUS estimates over 32,000 boats were damaged in NY, 25,000 in New Jersey, 2,500 in Connecticut, and 6,000 in various states. Dollar damage to recreational boats (only) in New York is estimated at $324 million, followed by $242 million in New Jersey and $23 million in Connecticut. Previously, in the 2005 storm season, Hurricane Wilma and Katrina damage was estimated at over $700 million combined.