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Currently tracking more West than yesterday...

That's not a good break!!
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That's what I'm seeing too ... more west.

So, I'm on an oversized mooring ball (350 lbs well-set mushroom). I think, no matter what I'm staying in the water. I'm stripping down everything I can headsail, main, bimini, etc. I'm adding a swivel to double up my pennant. I'm really worried about a smaller sailboat that's in our cove ... that always seems to drag around. I'm hoping that guy hauls.

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We about wrapped up the prep party on my dock a few minutes ago when the rain started. Everybody took jibs down. Most took mains down as well. I rain my forward halyards to the masthead with a messenger line -- Both main halyards are spaced down the boom.

We doubled up dock lines on boats that are staying. Some are hauling. I'm the only one crazy enough to go anchor out. I'll head up a creek Friday night or Saturday morning.

Just have to get the grill off the rail, empty the bed of my truck, and finish some odds and ends at Janet's house.
Good luck Dave. Pass it on to the others at WG. As I recall most people on Back Creek do not do much to prep for storms.

It looks like I picked a good year to move inland.
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Even with the westward trend NOAA is showing like a 5% chance of storm surge over 4 feet (10-20% chance over 2 feet) and 50% chance of 40 knot winds at mid bay.

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And 80% of the boaters in most marinas won't even visit the boat...

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We about wrapped up the prep party on my dock a few minutes ago when the rain started. Everybody took jibs down. Most took mains down as well. I rain my forward halyards to the masthead with a messenger line -- Both main halyards are spaced down the boom.

We doubled up dock lines on boats that are staying. Some are hauling. I'm the only one crazy enough to go anchor out. I'll head up a creek Friday night or Saturday morning.

Just have to get the grill off the rail, empty the bed of my truck, and finish some odds and ends at Janet's house.

... nor have they in a month.

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I think, no matter what I'm staying in the water.
Pretty much. At this point if you don't have a reservation to haul it is too late.

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Even with the westward trend NOAA is showing like a 5% chance of storm surge over 4 feet (10-20% chance over 2 feet) and 50% chance of 40 knot winds at mid bay.
I'll put money on more surge than that. The cold front that rolled through this morning pushed us up 2 ft already.

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For what it's worth, we're hauling tomorrow. Even though our slip is in a creek that is somewhat protected (not a hurricane hole though), it's also on the small side. It's fine most of the time, but if we stay in the slip for a storm like this, I don't know that we have the room necessary to avoid banging around. Not to mention that I'm unsure about how well my boat neighbors will prep.

I realize that hauling is no guarantee, but it's the best thing we can do. I hope it ends up being overkill, but I've learned that when in doubt, play it safe.

I know others who have a very large slip with lots of room. If we had one, we'd probably stay in.

Either way, we'll be removing all the sails and canvas, and we'll tie everything down.
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Dave, Wondering why you did the following:
I ran my forward halyards to the masthead with a messenger line -- Both main halyards are spaced down the boom.

Is that just because of chafing? We have a aluminum toe rail around the boat that we typically tie our halyards to...

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For now, I'm planning to pull my sails tomorrow and add lines. I'll probably turn the boat around and face it NW. Right now it's faced SE. I don't plan to haul as my options are limited - either Lewisetta Marina which is exposed to NE, E, SE (and only 1' above high water) or to Port Kinsale which is higher but exposed too. We're really far up Lodge Creek off the Yeocomico River and protected. As with josrulz, we're in a smallish slip so I may spend Saturday night onboard.

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