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Boaters Haul In Before Irene Hits Harbors

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Jeff Feehan brought his boat from the American Yacht Club in Rye to the Nichols Yacht Yard in Mamaroneck to have it hauled out of the water before Hurricane Irene hits Saturday into Sunday.

Like many boat owners, Freehan didn't want to leave his boat named White Arrow in the moorings at Milton Harbor. While those with medium-to-larger boats mostly moved from the moorings to the dock, Freehan didn't want to take any chances.

"Boats out on moorings are at greater danger," said Dennis McCarthy, general manager of Nichols Yacht Yard. "You try to prepare as best you can and you don't take any chances."

McCarthy hasn't seen a storm that caused as much damage as Hurricane Irene is believed to since the 1982 Nor'easter. "We're hoping this will be nothing like that," he said. "The key is preparation."

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook, a flood watch and a hurricane warning for Rye.

Tropical storm conditions and hurricane conditions are possible Saturday night into Sunday. The rainfall amount could be between three and four inches with winds reaching between 39 and 49 miles per hour, and gusts as high as 60 miles per hour. Sunday, gusts could reach 85 miles per hour with sustained winds hoovering between 60 and 80 miles per hour and four inches of rainfall. Monday will be sunny with a high near 80.

There have yet to be any calls for evacuation in the Town of Rye. The Rye marina patrol did not return a call for comment.

"Everybody is concerned  in general because nobody knows the intensity of the storm," McCarthy said.

What are you doing to prepare for Hurricane Irene? Do you have a boat you plan to haul before it hits this weekend? Comment below, or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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