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High Winds Keep Watermen on Shore


CAMBRIDGE, Md. - It's rare to see boats docked by watermen in the middle of the day, in the middle of the crabbing season, but that's exactly what happened Tuesday at Long Wharf Marina.

Severe weather deterred most from hitting the water, but not all.

Eddie Hayden and his crew braved Tuesday's weather, but were forced to come back early.

"It was only going to get worse, it wasn't doing nothing so we pulled the plug," said Hayden.

The water was choppy which makes it difficult to catch crabs.

"It's too rough, the crabs won't hold on when it's too rough," said Hayden.  

Watermen Todd Ruark stayed off the water today, but did voyage down to the marina to check in on his boat.

"As heavy as this wind is blowing, I am just making sure the lines are holding up," said Ruark.

Watermen are not the only people concerned with the weather. Boaters of all sorts came to the marina to batten down the hatches.

Jeanette and Don Seipe of Rock Hall sailed into Cambridge this morning. Since they got here, they spent the rest of their morning tieing up loose ends.

"High winds, anything canvas on your boat can get ripped or sails, a little bit of wind can rip them loose and they can shred," said Siepe.

While most are heading for dry land, some are docked for the night. Dock master Scott Fitzhugh has to make sure no damage is done to boats or the marina.

"You get some stretching from the lines from the weight itself and we have had lines snap, then the boats get into the docks which tears the boat up, tears the dock up so these are things we do and look for," said Fitzhugh.


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