do,” he says, and in 2011 he and the rest of the workers left 20 min-
utes before the first wave. “You get your people out of the way, and
you come back later to pick up the pieces.”
One of the things that worsened the tsunami damage in both
cases was the design of the harbor. Water accelerates as it passes
through the narrow opening leading to the docks, but planners found
that increasing the opening left boats vulnerable to normal winter
storms, so in the end, the new design is similar to what they started
with. They are adding a few slips and improving the recreational
docks, but this one will be strong enough to resist a tsunami that
should only strike every 50 years.
“There’s a balance struck between longevity and cost,” Young
explains. “A 100-year standard would be prohibitively expensive. Ten-year would be cheaper, but then you’d have to replace it every 10
years.” At the end of August, Crescent City began taking delivery of
the 30-inch steel pilings that will anchor the docks, and Young was
awaiting the crane that would drive them 35 feet into the bedrock.
He says the harbor will be open during construction, though they may
have to shift some boats around. Repairs are expected to be finished
in December 2013. — C.L.
Fishing fleet, hard
hit by 2011 tsunami
NO, YOU GO FIRST ...
AMOVE BY THE SOCIETY OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS (SAE) to simplify the confusing tow vehicle specifications has become complicated. The idea is to provide the tow vehicle
buyer with a guide, beginning in 2013, for comparing one tow vehicle’s
capacity to pull a boat and trailer with other tow vehicles using the
same standards. For the past five years, truck manufacturers met to find
common ground on how to provide a real, rather than hyped, towing
capability for both cars and trucks. Operating under the name SAE
J2807, consumers would use these new standards to see actual towing
capacity for every vehicle.
Ford says it’s applied it to their all-new vehicles but adds, not all
of the 2013 vehicles are in that category. General Motors says it won’t
release their specs until Ford releases theirs. Chrysler, builder of Dodge
Ram trucks, says it won’t, either. Nissan is only making the standards
available for the 2013 Pathfinder because that vehicle is all-new and
future vehicles will be rated in subsequent years. Honda vehicles with
a tow capacity of more than 3,500 pounds are using the standard now
while Toyota has been offering J2807 since 2012. So, an industry-wide
towing measurement, agreed to by everyone, isn’t happening. Besides,
each manufacturer says the idea is voluntary. The real reason? Nobody
wants to “telegraph to the competition,” as one tow vehicle maker
admitted, what their vehicles can do. Some J2807 figures have shown a
drop of 200-300 pounds in towing capacity for specific vehicles.
Jack Pokrzywa, SAE Manager of Ground Vehicle Standards, tells
BoatU.S., “We do know from our experience that standards level the
playing field and we hope that the value of this standard will bring all
the parties together over time.” — PAt PiPer
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