Several factors may have influnced the decision to move boats from the marina. Hind sight being a perfect answer to conditions we as CF members are not aware of.
The marina is on a creek on the north end of Monerary Bay, protected from most Pacific storms, and gives a false sense of security
. The entrance routinly is closed during the late winter due to sand bars that are created from the large Pacific winter storms. The upper half of the marina is reached by passing under a bridge which requires sailboats to remove their mast
. If you were able to get your boat out of the marina, you would have to contend with the realitive shollow waters of the Bay which is fronted by the Monteray Trench, a 3000 foot plus Canyon in the sea floor which would have had an effect on the approaching Tsunami.
Many if not most boatowners live in the Bay area which is 50 to 60 miles away, over the Coastal Mountain range.
I think that we should refrain from to many judgemental opinions and instead offer them words of concern and encouragement.
And hey, maybe the bystanders couldn't enter the marina to help because of locked gates!