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Shattemuc Moves Boats to Dry Dock for Wet Storm

OSSINING, N.Y. – It was a busy day at the Shattemuc Yacht Club Friday as boaters lifted their yachts and sailboats out of the Hudson River in preparation for Hurricane Irene.

"I have never prepared as much for a storm as I am for this particular one," said Guy May, the director of the youth sailing academy at Shattemuc. "It makes you a little nervous. There's only so much you can do. From there, just see what the storm does."

Thaddeus Cook and Tom Mosler, both staff at Shattemuc, were busy taking down sailboat rigs on Friday morning as kids in the sailing academy took their last sail out on the Hudson River before the academy ended for the summer.

"They're enjoying themselves now and they'll be bummed at the end of the day because they'll have to rush and start preparing for the storm and they won't be able to get the ending they usually get," May said of the kids in the sailing academy.

Cook looked around the boat yard at all the boats that had yet to be moved onto racks.

"It's a lot of work for us," he said.

Other Shattemuc staff members were busy helping yacht club members load their vessels on to a large machine called a travel lift that lifts boats out of the water and onto land for storage.

"Tidal surge," said Rudy Bergstrom of Katonah, when asked what made him decide to lift his 34-foot yacht out of the water. "I've experienced it, not here, but up in Cape Cod with Hurricane Bob."

Other tasks that remained to be done at Shattemuc included moving furniture placed around the swimming pool inside, locking down docks and tying down things that could potentially float away.

"We're basically putting things in a situation like for winter storage, but now," May said.

Next door at Westerly Marina, Arthur DeMarchis, the marina owner, was busy moving boxes off of the floor.

"It's impossible to get everything upstairs but I'm just trying to get things off the floor," he said.

DeMarchis said he has seen plenty of floods in his 52 years as the marina owner and there is only so much he can do.

"Just clean up and make sure all the boats are tied up," he said.

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