Dredging Update

We are pleased to announce that the dredging of the harbor was successfully completed in early March. The average depth throughout the entire harbor is now around seven feet at low tide.
The outer entrance channel (outside of the jetties) was dredged in the early fall prior to the project beginning and will continue to be maintained by the town using the Barnstable County dredge. The entrance channel inside of the jetties was not dredged as part of the project, but the town has said that it will be done sometime in the near future.
The reassembly of our docks was started last week and we can already see that the depth around both sides of the fuel dock has increased greatly. We are replacing most of our pilings with new 40’ “hurricane pilings” that will improve the overall appearance of the marina as well as provide an added measure of safety in the event of a significant storm surge like what was seen with Hurricane Sandy. As you can imagine, putting the marina back together is quite involved. We have all of the water and electrical lines to re-connect along with the long list of general repairs that we are faced with this time of year. This process will continue for the next few weeks.

March 5, 2013

Ren was excited today when Captain Ted stopped by to say hi and introduce him to Craig Burnham owner of Burnham Associates responsible for the dredge project.

It’s over, it’s over!

The long dredging project in Allen Harbor is finally complete. Captain Ted Augustine reported that the recent survey came back “all 7’s” which means the harbor now has 7’ of water at low tide.

On Friday Ren, Craig and the employees of Allen Harbor Marine Service put on a finishing off luncheon for the dredge Captain and the Crew. We presented the Skipper and his crew with embroidered sweatshirts with a sew out of the dredge and the project information. Additionally Captain Ted was presented with an autographed copy of Bill Quinn’s book titled Shipwrecks Around Cape Cod.

The whole crew of the dredge have been excellent to work with over the past 6 months and have kept a smile on their face as they faced various delays and hardships.

After lunch all the Allen Harbor Marine Service employees got a first-hand tour of the dredge and learned a lot of what this enormous piece of equipment can do.

Next step for us is to have the Robert B. Our Company come on scene to begin driving pilings and putting out docks and slips back in place. This is expected about March 15th. We will be up and ready to launch come the 1st of April with no worries of getting in and out of the harbor with the tide.

Friday March 1, 2013

This week the Allen Harbor dredging project passed another hurdle with the actual dredging being completed.
The last scow will be filled on the tide of Saturday as the dredge company was granted a short extension of the permit. The dredging survey has been completed showing a 7’ depth in the mooring field and in the area of the Yacht Club and Allen Harbor Marine docks.
Around the middle of March the Robert B. Our Company will arrive to begin replacing the pilings and repositioning the docks for Allen Harbor Marine. This part of the project will be completed well in advance of the April 1st start of the boating season. Our docks have spent the last month or so anchored up in the Oyster Creek and have come out unscathed after two storms with winds in excess of 50mph.
Many thanks go out to Captain Ted Augustine and his crew. They were fantastic to work with and did an extremely good job.
More on the dredging project wrap up coming soon.