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My wife and I plan to start cruising in 19 months. We were just down at Port St Joe Florida for a four day weekend. The heat was terrific as were the bugs. But it was all worth it as we had a great time with our sea kayaks. Now I''m back home in Birmingham and watching Isidore bare down on New Orleans. I have no idea what I''d do if we were at St Joe in a sailboat. What should we do??? Run up a river to an inland lake. Hunker down in a cove ( we didn''t notice any coves on the peninsula) . This isn''t a trivial question. I know that the Mobile river is subject to floods. Would we be in more danger up a flooding river. Also the current gets strong in the rivers. Could a sailboat even beat the current. Most of our sailing experience is in lakes. When a storm comes we usually head for the dock or go into a tight cove and tie to a tree with anchors off the stern.
In Andrews bay you can get out of the wind behind Shell Island. But it gives little shelter from the wind. If you are cruising would a marina welcome a stranger during a storm??
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I live on my Hunter 23 at St. Andrews Bay and I must admit that I was worried. All is ok for now but, last nite the tide kept rising till it was over the fixed dock. During that time we all adjusted our lines and kept watch. I''m lucky to be in a small basin that provides a lot of protection from wind and waves.
Others talked of running for the ''ditch'' on the canal.
Today the winds are pretty stiff and rainy and we are all praying the storms coming up are no worse.
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