Shediak, NB Boat owners prepare for Hurricane Fiona – New Brunswick IG News

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Gerry O’Brien overlooks Shediak Bay Yacht Club Marina – the dark clouds are over ahead and the water is as steady as it can be.

This is the calm before the storm – Hurricane Fiona, that is.

Back in 2019, Hurricane Dorian devastated the marina. It ripped the boats apart and threw boats of all sizes in heaps on the shore.

“Basically, we lost about 72 boats that settled in the corner at the breakwater,” he said. “We had a storm of two and a half meters and gusty winds, so the marina was completely destroyed. We had to rebuild from scratch. ”

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This time, O’Brien said he began asking boat owners to get their watercraft out of the marina early.

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“In the last 24 hours, we have some boats that have been pulled out,” he said. “We’ve been tracking the storm since last week and we’ve been advising members since the beginning of the week – it’s probably time to get out. It looks like a big storm is coming.”

Hurricane Fiona is eyeing Atlantic Canada with potential landfall late Friday. Forecasters at the Canadian Hurricane Center said the storm was likely to be a “landmark” weather event.

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In Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island the effects are expected to be more significant, but in Shediaq they are taking no chances.

Miles Hall pulled his boat out of the marina on Wednesday and returned to help dismantle his friend’s sailboat. He said boats are difficult to get out of the water and require more than one person.

“It’s best to get the boat out of the water than out of the water,” he said on Thursday. “I’m pretty new to the whole boating scene but I definitely saw Dorian’s remains a few years back and I’m not interested in being a part of his boat.”

John Emery’s boat was spared in 2019, surviving only a few scratches from Dorian’s wrath, but he’s not taking any chances with Fiona.

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“Some of us are getting our boats out as soon as possible,” he said. “Usually, at the end of September, we’ll say to ourselves, ‘We’ll get a few more sails.’ And then, you know, we have an event like this and it’s a kick in the pants to take everything out.”

Pierre Basque is a new boat owner and hasn’t had a chance to get his boat out on the water yet. He said he was heeding all warnings about an impending storm.

“For what’s coming up for the weekend, it’s worth taking it seriously,” Basque said.

Hurricane waves, which are common in coastal communities such as Shediak, are expected to affect New Brunswick. Fiona is also expected to bring higher-than-normal water levels.

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