Truman and Trés on board the boat!
This past weekend Matt from Closed Loop Advisors made a trip out to the boat and installed this awesome gadget that will measure wind strength, direction, rainfall and humidity so that we can start investigating alternative and sustainable power sources for the boat. We’re excited to see what the wireless weather station tells us after 3 months of gathering data!
This past weekend we rotated the boat and re-tied her so that the long side is moored securely on the main C Dock channel and the front of the boat faces the marina entrance and is accessible from a finger dock. It was an awesome team effort and she’ll be much more secure and less vulnerable to violent winds with this new orientation!
Snow may still be falling, but warm weather is on the way and we’re delighted to report that the boat has made it through the winter!
Right now she’s the only craft in the water on C Dock, just one slip away from where she spent the summer. The main issue has been managing the water intake from the gashes formed by metal jutting out from the dock broken during Sandy. Our battery-operated bilge pump and dehumidifying system inside the hull have been doing a fair job of keeping her warm and dry. Currently, we are heading to the marina periodically to bail out any collected water by hand and re-charge the battery. We’re looking forward to spending quality time out there and getting some more work done as soon as possible. So happy that summer is on the horizon!
Our friend and neighbor at Marina 59, Robyn was interviewed on Here and Now about her continued effort to provide relief to Rockaway residents via the organization she started, the Rockaway Rescue Alliance.
Video coverage of the Rockaways from the NY Times and Democracy Now.
"The bay actually met the sea in the middle island at a level of 5 feet."
The Rockaways were one of the areas hardest hit by the hurricane and with 120,000 residents, most stayed during the storm. Lifting off of its foundations and smashing into houses, cars and fences, the boardwalk was completely destroyed. Homes were swept away by the surge and fires flattened over 100 houses in Breezy Point. Residents have been gutting their homes for days and gigantic piles of furniture and debris now fill the streets. Making a temporary dump at Riis Park, garbage trucks have been dumping load after load in its parking lot. Power has still not been restored to this neighborhood, many homes and stores have been looted. After the sewers leaked, tap water is no longer drinkable.
With little immediate help from the city, the local community has rallied together, setting up clothing and food distribution centers and they need your help! The fire station at 59th street and Veggie Island on 96th street are two main donation centers but food and clothing should be delivered to far out areas that are still in isolation. For information on how to volunteer, visit the occupysandy website which is shuttling people from Jacobi Church in Sunset Park. The houseboat owners will be down there again next weekend. If you would like to help out, let us know!
(Above photo of looting sign courtesy of ceodollhouse, a Rockaway resident who has been posting on Instagram, and who provided most of our news for the first couple days.)
Where To Volunteer This Weekend — Brokelyn
Compilation of Rockaway Needs And Resources — Rockabus
How To Help In New York City After Hurricane Sandy — Time Out New York
Coordinating Donations And Volunteers For Rockaway Relief Efforts — Brooklyn Kitchen
How To Help: Hurricane Sandy Recovery (by borough) —WNYC
Press about the Rockaways:
Hurricane Sandy: The Aftermath — The Atlantic
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