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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Children's Beach Boat Ramp

Just got back from the new ramp. It was dead low tide and there was approximately 8-10"[EDIT: 30" of water. Sorry for the confusion] of water depth in the ramp. I need at least three and a half feet of water depth to launch my boat. I don't know how this new ramp is going to be usable.


Friday, April 20, 2007

Break At Esthers

Took a ride out to Madaket today to check out the break at Smiths Point/Esthers. It's about 200 or so feet wide. When I was there, the tide was rushing out very strong. If this cut stays open, it will make a nice short cut for guys running down to the backside of the Island from Madaket. Here's a picture of the cut George Riethof took from the air. Thanks, George!

Click on any picture to enlarge.

Here's another picture of the break-

There were a few seals lazing around on the beach there. Here's a few shots of them-

Here's a video clip I took of the above seal-

The old Egg Harbor boat that was taking a beating at the old Shipyard finally sank the other day. Too bad, she was a nice old boat.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Death of an Old Girl

The old Egg Harbor boat has succumbed to a watery grave.
Pictures later tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Storm Damage

I went out today and grabbed some shots of the storm damage to Sankaty Bluff. Also there was an Egg Harbor boat getting smashed apart at the old Shipyard this afternoon. Click on any picture to enlarge. Enjoy.

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Nantucket Waterfront News

Monday, April 16, 2007

Storm Aftermath

I went out to Baxter Road this morning to observe the storm damage to the man made bluff. It was horrific. A huge section of the man made bank was lost last night. When I was there, I observed hundreds and hundreds of 12' pressure treated four by four pieces of wood floating around and drifting to the north towards Hoicks Hollow and Great Point. The site was littered with empty coir bags. Several sections of terrace measuring between 20 and thirty feet in length were floating dangerously out to sea. The people responsible for building this bluff have an enormous clean up on their hands. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pieces of lumber and huge sections of terrace are going to be littering our beaches in the next several days. Also, there are hundreds of empty coir bags drifting around offshore endangering birds, whales and fish not to mention boats transitting the area. People don't realize how bad this is until they go out there and see it for themselves. I took the above clip of the man made bluff project this morning about two hours before high tide. Here are some pictures I took-

This is looking north towards Sankaty Light. Notice all the sediment in the water and how far it extends out to sea.

Here a large section of the man made bluff was washed out to sea leaving several empty coir bags behind. These empty coir bags will eventually break loose from the beach and drift out to sea.

This shot is a section of the bluff that had at least two sections of the terrace removed by the waves. As I said before, these terrace sections are between 20 and 30 feet long.

This picture was taken from the Polpis Road looking towards the opening of Sesachacha Pond. Notice the waves breaking over the dune into the pond. Sorry for the poor quality of the picture.