We are in Oriental, NC and closely watching (Goodnight) Irene. Unfortunately, I am on the west coast on business, so I am cutting my trip a day short and catching the redeye home tonight to give me some time to prep the boat. I went thru the drill last year with Ike (I think), stripped the sails -bimini-dodger and all lines
, double anchored up our creek away from everything, and also tied off to two trees (180' off line
on all four), charged the batteries and turned on the auto bilge pump
(it really only comes down the main mast track into the boat). Naturally last year Ike totally missed us, hoping the same for Irene, but will run the drill again just in case. Also made reservations in Raleigh for the weekend, may as well have some fun out of it.