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gearing up for sandy

I am on the South River in MD and this is my first storm with my Catalina 27. My marina is pretty protected from the south.
Current thoughts are to:
Double up lines
Add simple chafe gear where appropriate
Remove canvas
Remove headsail (leave main and cover)

Debating about spending Tuesday on the boat adjusting lines. Should I be worried about storm surge? My gut says the bay and rivers that far north are probably ok. Any advice would be great
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Re: gearing up for sandy

If you're going to leave the mainsail and cover on, I'd probaby tie it up with a few sail ties. I also like attaching a bungy cord to a boom bail and securing it to a stantion or something.

I've taken all my sails off, and will drop the boom to the deck and secure it.
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Re: gearing up for sandy

There will be huge northerly winds for several days. Don't ignore the storm surge if u are exposed
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Re: gearing up for sandy

We re staying in in Rock Creek. If I was on Magothy I'd probably either anchor in Broad Creek or where you are.

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Re: gearing up for sandy

I hauled out yesterday. Completed all my winterization first: remove mainsail and bimini, antifreeze in water tank and head, coolant change, fuel filters changed, oil change, transmission fluid change, antifreeze in fresh water intake....five hours later:
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Re: gearing up for sandy

We just dropped the truck off at Anchorage Marina and now heading down to White Rocks Marina and taking our boat to Baltimore to de-rig. I considered just wrapping the mainsail to the boom with a few miles of old rigging line but looking at the projected path and how it's supposed to go over Baltimore and condense (Latest model I saw) we're stripping everything off.
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Re: gearing up for sandy

This storm has a very high potential to SUCK water out of the Chesapeake, possibly to record low water ---- I'd haul my boat, I already did.

With the storm coming north close to the coast and crossing the mid DelMarVa peninsula, the strongest winds will be from N-NE, and that will 'suck & push' a LOT of water out of the Chesapeake. In the 1950s such a storm with essentially the same track dropped the Ches. by ~5-6+ft !!! Once the storm goes inland into central Penna then the wind will shift to the W-NW and continue to push water out of the Cape Charles - Cape Henry entrance to the bay ... depending on the wind strength at Norfolk; since this is a WIDE area storm that scenario seems quite likely.
H. Isabel came ashore south of C. Henry and therefore 'loaded' the bay; this time the predictions are for coming ashore north of Cape Charles ... and that usually 'sucks' the bay lower.

Method for determining wind direction during Hurricane: raise your right arm to the horizontal then swing it back as far as you can (~120° from your nose), point to the 'center of storm' with your right index finger .... the expected wind will be straight into your face.

The combination of the Hurricane and its meeting and 'combining' with a trough coming from the west (an additional 'weather bomb') may keep a very strong NW flow / gales for several days ... keeping the Ches. at record low levels.
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Re: gearing up for sandy

At this point, we are stripping down and staying on our permanent mooring which is in a protected cove.
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Re: gearing up for sandy

We are heading for Jewell Island and will perhaps the whole bay to ourselves, and some good friends whom we are meeting out there....

When I get back tomorrow I will strike the genny, dodger, bimini and add some extra pendants for the mooring. Owner of the marina offered me a slip, thanks, but no.......

I'd be surprised if we saw more than 40 knots here in Maine... Not yet decided on striking the main cause I may not put it back on after the storm, if I do remove it, and that may cut my season shorter than I'd like...

Good news is, thanks to Sandy, they are yanking boats faster than a NASCAR lap so the bay will be even emptier for Nov sailing...
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Re: gearing up for sandy

Hey Maine I love those NASCAR mechanics...they are amazing

We are ready for the hit here. Staying on the boat till Wed to adjust lines. Also my be he only place in MD to have electricity and a hot shower.

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