According to an estimate by the Boat Owner’s Association of the United States (BoatUS), over 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy. BoatUS also estimates that the amount of damage caused to recreational boats is $650 million, making the late-October storm the single-largest industry loss since the organization began keeping track in 1966.

“We’ve never seen anything like it.
The scope of the
damage to boats is unprecedented, affecting large areas from the Atlantic seaboard…

BoatUS estimates that over 32,000 boats were damaged in New York, followed by New Jersey’s 25,000, Connecticut’s 2,500, and 6,000 remaining in various states. Dollar damage to recreational boats in New York is estimated at $324 million, followed by $242 million in New Jersey and $23 million in Connecticut. Previously, in the 2005 storm season, Hurricane Wilma and Katrina damage was estimated at over $700 million combined.

“We are all reeling from the huge impact this storm has had on communities and people’s lives,” said BoatUS AVP Public Affairs Scott Croft. “We’ve never seen anything like it. The scope of the damage to boats is unprecedented, affecting large areas from the Atlantic seaboard as far inland as the Great Lakes, with the majority of damage in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. The combination of boats stored ashore at low elevations and record high surge levels caused hundreds, if not thousands, of boats to float away into neighborhoods, parks and marshes. The tri-state coastline left no place for the surge to go, but up. While some boats that stayed in the slips did fine, other boats tied to floating docks simply lifted off too-short pilings and floated away—still tied to the dock. Some vessels never made it out of their slip and rest on the bottom.”

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