AT THE HELM
VOLUME XIX, No. 1, FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013
YOU’D HAVE TO BE IN ANTARCTICA to be unaware of the deep impact of
Hurricane Sandy on our fellow boaters in New Jersey, New York, and parts of
New England. Our hearts go out to each of you, and everyone still coping with
monumental damage to their homes, vehicles, businesses, and lives. We estimate that, in total, 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or destroyed by
Sandy last October, creating more than $650 million in damage. Starting the day after
the storm, our extraordinary BoatU.S. Catastrophe Team of surveyors, claims adjustors,
and boat rescuers — whom we gathered from several states — spent the rest of the fall
in the field, helping fellow boaters whose boats we insure.
For most of us, insurance is something you have, and pray you never need. But
when you need it, you
really need it, and soon
discover all the subtle dif-
ferences between the policy
you have and the policy
you thought you had. I
learned about this firsthand
two years ago when my
family and I came home on
New Year’s Eve to discover
that our neighbors’ 5-foot-
diameter tree had fallen
on our two boats, stored
on trailers in our drive-
way. I called the BoatU.S.
Insurance hotline, and from
then on was blown away by the thoroughness of the BoatU.S. insurance process —
from the surveyor who came out to assess damage, figure out what was salvageable,
and outline the paperwork process, to the same surveyor chopping up one boat before
hauling the parts away, leaving the driveway ready for a new boat. I now know that all
insurance policies and companies aren’t as thorough. On that New Year’s Day, I didn’t
have to become an instant expert on wrecked-boat disposal, or take a reciprocating saw
to my own boat. It was a great relief to have BoatU.S. by my side.
BoatU.S. members affected by Sandy now know what I learned, that the BoatU.S.
Cat Team stands by our members, taking care of damaged, totaled, and lost boats, one
at a time, till the job is done. Our mailbox last fall has made me so proud of our multi-talented team. Members who have many other things to worry about have taken the
time to share praise for our dedicated boat-rescue workers who’ve helped them recover
after Sandy, describing intricate extractions of boats from hurricane pile-ups; searches for
boats that broke free, and ended up far from home; and delicate retrievals of boats that
landed in residential areas. We’re thankful for these boat heroes, and to the BoatU.S.
members who trust us to be there in times of trouble.
For extraordinary Sandy photos and stories, visit
www.BoatUS.com/Sandy, and our feature on page 48.
CHAIRMAN, PUBLISHER, FOUNDER
BOATU.S. PRESIDEN T
Margaret Bonds Podlich
CONSULTING EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
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