With Hurricane Irma approaching South Florida this weekend, powerboat owners have been scrambling to find shelter for their vessels. Boating is a way of life in the Sunshine State, and it consistently ranks in the top three states for new-boat registrations according to the most recent data available from the United States Coast Guard and the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The unfortunate fact is the number of boats in Florida greatly outstrips the volume of indoor storage space for them.
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Yesterday morning, John Tomlinson reported that his indoor boat storage facility at TNT Custom Marine in Miami was full. Last night, he sent a picture of his full “powerboat barn,” which he doesn’t know will hold up if Hurricane Irma—at present a Category 4 storm—hits Miami as hard as current forecast models project it might.
And now it’s time for Tomlinson, a speedonthewater.com contributor and longtime colleague and friend, to focus on nothing else but taking care of his family. And the same goes for the speedonthewater.com family, from contributors to readers to advertisers, in South Florida. Please take good care of yourselves and your families this weekend. You’re in our hearts and on our minds.