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Old 06-27-2013
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Re: Trying to be prepared for the inevitable hurricane

Well where are all the islanders and floridians on this?

One, save the money on chafing gear and use garden hose to insulate lines. Much cheaper.
two, apply four by twos or even six or eight by twos over each two fenders. This protects the entire side of your boat without having to have tons of fenders. Just make sure you secure the top of the board with lines to the toe rail and swim under your boat and tie the bottom line to the other side of the boats toe rails to avoid wind blowing them away.
three, if your in florida south of st augastine find a mangrove and even better a creek with mangroves. Tie lines in spiderweb formation to trees, mangrove roots, and throw out as many anchors and rode as you have. Avoid mooring fields and crowded anchorages and marinas or beware.
four, dont just remove the sails, remove the boom, strip your boat down.
five, duck take your portholes. Mineral spirits will remove any sticky residue after the storm leaves.
six, try to find creeks or channels as far inland and as little crowded as possible.
seven, if its a category four or five expect damage. Remove boat valuables and important documents before storms arrival.
lastly pray or hope, depending on your beliefs.
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