In the still before the pending storm, recreational boaters and the Coast Guard are pulling their vessels out of the water.
At the Allerton Point Coast Guard station in Hull, officers were hard at work Friday removing their 25-foot boats from the sea.
Petty Officer Keith Sheferstein says larger, 47-foot rescue boats, are being moved to a safer South Shore harbor.
“Our limitation for the 47-footers are 30-foot seas, 20-feet of surf and 50-knot winds. Anything over that and we won’t be going out. But other than that we will have a crew on stand-by actually sleeping on the boats,” said Sheferstein.
Officer Scheferstein says its recreational boaters, not fisherman, who are most likely to run into trouble.
And they seem to know it: At the Hull yacht club, dozens of boaters were helping each other pull their boats out of the water before Irene’s arrival.
Joanne, who had just put her 21-foot sailboat on a trailer says experienced sailors know that nature is unpredictable.
“You think you know and they tell you what’s going to happen but it can shift at any moment and everything changes. I think sailors sort of like that risky aspect to life.”
The South Shore yacht clubs and marinas have issued a request for boaters to remove and secure their boats.
But some are busy putting their vessels in the water as the storm approaches.
Vincent Agostino, a deckhand for the Devitt Tugboat company in Hull, says they’re busy getting big barge ships into the Boston Harbor. If the storm hits hard, he predicts they’ll be out rescuing the dangerous debris of wrecks.
“A lot of people can get hurt…including ourselves, we can get hurt too. We’re going to try to tucker-down for the storm and see what happens. If we get the call—we’re ready to go,” said Agostino.
In severe storms, the Coast Guard often recruits sturdy tugboats for rescues.