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post #9 of Old 05-10-2012
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Re: Hurricane Hole - How to Choose

I'll start by agreeing with Catamount -- minimize fetch from ALL directions. If you get a direct hit (we did) the wind will do a 180 switch as the eye passes, and waves will come from pretty much all directions as it switches.

But as important as that is, remember that it takes everyone in the anchorage to survive a hurricane. By that, again agreeing with Catamount, it doesn't matter how perfectly your boat is prepared if your neighbor's boat isn't . . . and a boat even a mile away can present a hazard if it breaks loose and has a jib come unfurled.

Two points from this: you want a location where other owners properly prepare their boats, and offer help if you see someone else needs a hand with getting sails down below, checking a mooring or whatever -- you're not just helping to save their boat, but maybe yours as well!

Carolyn Shearlock

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