This past September, when tropical Storm Hermine smacked into the Southeast U.S. coast, the city of Beaufort, South Carolina, suffered some damage. About a month later, when Hurricane Matthew rammed the city even harder, the wreckage was far more substantial. As of late January, some marinas were still working to rebuild, trying to get ready for the first transient boaters to arrive right about the time you read this.
“Several marinas were affected,” says Ryan Salley, general manager at Port Royal Landing Marina. “We expect to be ready to go by the transient season. A couple other marinas were not affected, but some got hit very hard. Transient slips may be a little more limited than usual.”