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Old 08-04-2020, 12:08 PM   #1
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Hurricane Isaias, Southport marina damage

Pictures of the Southport Marina, NC that were forwarded from Hurricane Isaias. No reported injuries but a lot of damage. The before and after.
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Old 08-04-2020, 12:13 PM   #2
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What a shame.... sure looks like the docks and pilings didn't hold well.


Really don't want my boat in a marina during a hurricane.
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Old 08-04-2020, 12:19 PM   #3
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What a shame.... sure looks like the docks and pilings didn't hold well.

That's my thought as well. I'd expect the docks and pilings to be a lot more sturdy in an area that gets hurricanes. From what I can see in the pictures, it looks like a lot of pilings were bent over or broke, allowing the docks to move around until they broke free from the rest and/or broke apart. There are some sections of still intact dock in that pile of boats that just didn't stay where they were supposed to.
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High tide, full moon, NE quadrant of storm - recipe for a surge disaster. Doesn't look all wind-swept and bashed up. Surge may have just lifted everything up together over the top of the pilings.
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Old 08-04-2020, 12:31 PM   #5
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High tide, full moon, NE quadrant of storm - recipe for a surge disaster. Doesn't look all wind-swept and bashed up. Surge may have just lifted everything up together over the top of the pilings.

Could be. That also speaks to a design flaw. In my mind, anywhere with floating docks in a potential hurricane area should have tall enough pilings to survive something like a 15 foot surge on top of high tide.
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anyone know how harbor south . did it is less than 2 miles away about the same setup ?
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I heard South Harbor Village was a similar result.

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Surge may have just lifted everything up together over the top of the pilings.
If you look at the boats on the hard in the paved (or maybe it's gravelled) area, most seem not to have budged. That aligns with the "surge over the top" concept.
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Looking at the charts around the Cape Fear area in regard to hurricane holes, there are few reasonable options close to the marinas there. Maybe a few boats could hide in the smallish area of Dutchman Creek, but even that looks iffy. If I was there, I'd have been traveling up the Cape Fear River about 25 or 30 miles.
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Zoinks... Doesn't look like I'll be stopping there this winter. What a mess.
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Greetings,
I've read on another site it may have been a tornado spawned by the 'caine. Rumor???
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I've read on another site it may have been a tornado spawned by the 'caine. Rumor???
Possible...last year when Dorien went by North myrtle Beach, the marina was hardly noticing the winds but 3 tornados touched down within a mile or so...one just hundreds of yards away.

My bet is on the surge theory. Many marinas up north have pilings that are too short and docks float over/ not strong or long enough and break or pull out. Myrtle Beach Yach Club where I was lengthened some of their pilings 2 years ago...but not all. Same happened to marinas in Jersey when Sandy hit years ago, rebuilt, but same old pilings.
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We stayed a few nights at Southport Marina in Nov 2017, and I didn't think the docks were in wonderful shape, then. The end of our finger pier was all wobbly, so much so that we turned around from bow-in to stern-in... 'cause it didn't feel comfortable getting off our boat onto that unstable finger pier...

I don't remember height of the piles....

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Piles seem to be the weak link. It looks like most of the boats are still secured to the docks. What a pile up.
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Greetings,
Mr. LM. I think "What a pile DOWN" would be more descriptive...


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Illustrates why we always had our put on the hill when a named storm was on the way.

Southport is right where this one made landfall and has little protection from all directions except north.

Reminds me of what happened in Ft. Pierce a few years ago.
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Looking at the charts around the Cape Fear area in regard to hurricane holes, there are few reasonable options close to the marinas there. Maybe a few boats could hide in the smallish area of Dutchman Creek, but even that looks iffy. If I was there, I'd have been traveling up the Cape Fear River about 25 or 30 miles.
I anchor in Dutchman creek when not staying at South Harbor Village marina. The basin in the park has shoaled in. Need less than a 3' draft to anchor in most of it. If you follow the creek up around the corner, it's wooded and peaceful with very little tidal flow, but plenty of depth. Best is to anchor with a bow and stern anchor along the shore. Bottom drops away quickly from the bank. Think the creek sees significant flow draining storm water.

As an interesting side note the canal to the East that appears to dead end just before the AICW, is the cooling water for the Brunswick nuclear power plant. The canal goes under the AICW in a pipeline and continues on the otherside to the ocean.

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The third picture posted by the OP is actually from South Harbor Village marina about a mile west of Southport Marina. South Harbor is my home marina and our boat is part of this mess. Transient dock pilings snapped off at the height of the surge & winds.Then that dock took out part of C dock and destroyed B dock (ours). I suspect the same happened at Southport Marina but don't know for sure. There were tornados that evening but that was several hours before the surge and high winds. Here is a couple more from South Harbor and one more "after" picture from Southport Marina.
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The third picture posted by the OP is actually from South Harbor Village marina about a mile west of Southport Marina. South Harbor is my home marina and our boat is part of this mess. Transient dock pilings snapped off at the height of the surge & winds.Then that dock took out part of C dock and destroyed B dock (ours). I suspect the same happened at Southport Marina but don't know for sure. There were tornados that evening but that was several hours before the surge and high winds. Here is a couple more from South Harbor and one more "after" picture from Southport Marina.

WOW! Hope you managed to avoid any serious damage!
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Woodstock: I'm hoping for the best for your and your marina mates. I also hope you are able to get there soon to at least see what's up.

I have a question: Your second photo looks like a "before" in that it seems to match the first photo. But how do people get in and out of those slips on the "curve" even in normal times?
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