Saturday, October 27th
On Saturday night, 48 hours before Sandy hit, the Shipyard Marina was quiet. The Manhattan skyline reflects off the waters of the Hudson River, but already the water level following the evening’s high tide is elevated.
A few things drove me to Home Depot that night. One was the higher water level I had just observed. Knowing there were still 3 more tidal cycles to come I could envision this indeed might be a big one. The second was the tidal forecast created and maintained by the Stevens Institute of Technology here in Hoboken ( http://hudson.dl.stevens-tech.edu/SSWS/ ). The third was the realization that by tomorrow it would be too late to shop for critical items like marine hardware, and plus stores would be jammed. The fourth was my trusty bicycle, a Brooklyn Cruiser with a kids’ seat on the back capable of carrying 40+ pounds of kid or gear. Once I got to the store though already I could see the marine hardware section was pretty thin. Large shackles – gone. Large spring links – mostly gone, but they are relatively light duty. I had to settle on the quicklinks in the lower right, then added 15’ of heavy gauge chain.