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As boating season winds down, memories of Sandy linger

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SOMERS POINT -- It's the end of Art and Maureen Hicks' fourth season on the water, and they brought their boat to Waterfront Marine to have it winterized, under much different circumstances from last year.

"Well this time of year was Sandy, so everybody's bringing their boats in and worrying about that," said Art. Hicks

Hurricane Sandy brought an abrupt end to 2012's boating season, as local marinas struggled to keep up with all the boats that had to be hauled in before the storm.

"It was crazy. Leading up to the last few days it got really hectic, when people realized it was definitely gonna hit," said Sean Reilly, of Waterfront Marine. "We hauled 350 boats in less than a week because of this storm. Normally some people would be hauling boats that time of year anyway but a lot of people took their boats out early and just kept them out."

Once the boats are out of the water they're ready to be sshrink wrapped to protect them from the elements during the winter months ahead.

The boats' engines are fogged and treated with aantifreeze hen stored on a rack to wait for their owners.

"Between winterization and getting everything ready it's always a hassle, but you look forward to the Spring," said Hicks.

A spring boaters hope will be filled with clear skies and calm waters.

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