With Tropical Storm Hermine regaining strength on Saturday while moving up the Eastern Seaboard, the Hyannis Yacht Club in Massachusetts ordered all boats on their docks out of the water.
By 5 p.m. the docks had also been dismantled as a precaution.
"It's kind of exciting but it's kind of sad that all the boats are going to be taken in," said William McFarland of Centerville.
Many boat owners who weren't forced to remove their vessels are still struggling with how to handle the threat of the storm.
"You worry about keeping your boat nearby or haul it home but who wants to haul it home," said Laura Peete of Centerville. "Who wants to haul it home? You have a whole month left of the sailing season down here."
The unofficial end of summer could be the official end of the boating season for some.
"The mast has to come down and a crane has to lift it up and put in on the trailer and it's a lot of work so it means it's the end of the season that's why we are all holding on," said Judy Fenner of Hyannis.
Tropical Storm Warnings due to Hermine were in effect as far north as Connecticut by Saturday afternoon.