BoatU.S. totals up hurricane damage

HOUSTON, Texas – Hurricane Ike impacted 15,000 boats in Texas when it came ashore in mid-September, resulting in $175 million in damages within the state, according to a statement yesterday from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.)

Another $25 million in damage to recreational boats occurred in other states along the storm's path, the association reported.

BoatU.S. has captured the storm's impact on the recreational boating community with exclusive video shot at local marinas and boat clubs, and is making it available for sharing and downloading at

"We hope that every boater and marine professional in the hurricane belt will view this footage so we can learn from Ike and always try to improve our hurricane plans," said BoatU.S. Director of Public Affairs Scott Croft.

In addition, a collection of over 1000 post-storm photos and Catastrophe Team blog is available online at the BoatU.S. "Hurricane Resource Center" at, which offers free planning materials including a hurricane preparation worksheet, a Guide to Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes, and checklists for what to do before and after a hurricane strikes. Sample hurricane plans for boat and yacht clubs as well as storm tracking tools with live satellite images are also offered, the association stated.

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