Nor'easter Causes Problems For 2 Boats, Headache For Harbormaster

A sailboat moored in the cove broke free Wednesday and the Harbormaster's own boat sunk overnight.

Usually by this time of year, Harbormaster Jim Cullen's job is done for the season. But with Hurricane Sandy last week and this week's nor'easter, Cullen has had his hands full. Worse still, his own boat sunk overnight Wednesday.

On Wednesday, a sailboat moored near the boat ramp at Goddard Park came loose in the storm and ran aground in the mud flats off Scalloptown Park. 

Cullen notified the boat's owner and they were able to free the boat. He said it wasn't clear if the boat damaged any other boats. 

Then, Thursday morning, someone noticed that Cullen's boat, which was tied up at the town dock, was largely submerged. 

"Someone called the [police] station and they called me," Cullen said. "I don't really know what happened," he said about what caused his boat to sink. "I can't figure it out." 

Cullen had the boat towed up onto land by the dock and figures it suffered at least electrical damage. He's been using his personal boat because the town boat was out of the water by Nov. 1 this year. 

"Of course, I've always on call for emergencies," he said. "And we've had a couple the last two days."

solomon November 09, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Cullen said. "I don't really know what happened," he said about what caused his boat to sink. "I can't figure it out." it filled up with water.... duh. another expert that works on the water....
Elizabeth McNamara November 09, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Ouch, Solomon.
@Home_in_EG November 09, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Can't tell from the pic but if the stern of the boat has a large cut out for the engine, the waves would have kept splashing up and inside and as the boat got weighed down the issues would have gotten worse. Happened to us 2x with one boat before we figured it out. I would never by a center console again with that style of back end.
Rebecca Ellis November 09, 2012 at 01:18 PM
You are corrct about that style stearn . I sit on the seat just in front of the console , during the summer when catching monster stripers off the dock . :-}


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