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Re: Hurricane Hole - How to Choose

I look for:
Minimum fetch
Good holding substrate
Not too deep
Minimal loose debris
Forgiving shore structure
Elevated surrounding topography
Few other vessels
Up river or inland

I rarely find all of these, but I usually find most.... 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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I look for:
Minimum fetch
Good holding substrate
Not too deep
Minimal loose debris
Forgiving shore structure
Elevated surrounding topography
Few other vessels
Up river or inland

I rarely find all of these, but I usually find most.... 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
I like your list of criteria.
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Re: Hurricane Hole - How to Choose

I suspect that's why a lot of folks go up Indian River, Florida during hurricane season. If I recall, there's a marina about 17 miles from the mouth of the river called Indian Landing where hurricanes are never a problem--even when just tied to the dock.

Good Luck,

Gary
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I suspect that's why a lot of folks go up Indian River, Florida during hurricane season. If I recall, there's a marina about 17 miles from the mouth of the river called Indian Landing where hurricanes are never a problem--even when just tied to the dock.

Good Luck,

Gary
I am not able to locate that marina, I tried Active Captain and Google search. I wonder are you talking about Indiantown marina
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This photo was shot as the water was rising. The electric box next to my boat was underwater three house after the photo was taken. Somewhere to the left, there is a swimming pool beneath the muddy water.

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Gary,

I know that boat, in 2006 my slip was next to the PO's. Sorry to hear about the wind generator but as I recall, it always was a noisy thing and I was glad Fred kept it harnessed.

Is it Saturday's Child that you'll be taking to Florida this Fall? If so I'll be watching for you.

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Re: Hurricane Hole - How to Choose

Hi Mike,

Yep, it's Fred's old boat. And yes, that generator was really noisy. When the wind got up a bit it sounded like a jet engine. If my health doesn't go to Hell, it's the boat I'll be taking south in October. I've made quite a few changes to the boat, and currently I'm repainting everything above the rub rail. Fred painted below the rub rail and that paint seems to be in great shape. The non-skid is completely worn off the deck and cockpit, and there are lots of places where the paint has worn down to the barrier coat.

I had all the standing rigging replaced--it was all original when I purchased the boat. I also replaced the roller furling to an Alado system, put a new jib on her, but the main seems to be OK, at least for now.

I also added an electric windlass, new chain and rode, redid all the plumbing during the past winter, replaced one of the breaker panels, repaired some of the wiring, repaired the alternator(s), installed a 15-watt solar panel, installed a pedestal mounted, swivel, cockpit seat, an oscillating fan in the vee berth, a flat-screen LED TV, Lowrance HDS7 GPS plotter/depth finder and I'll probably install Lowrance's 3G Radar on the pole where the wind generator was mounted.

Fred told me the boat was slow, but I haven't found that to be the case. Changing the jib made a big difference in the performance, though--the original jib was completely shot. With a 15 knot wind she'll cruise right along at 6.5 to 7.2, and the old gal can really handle bad weather better than any boat I've been aboard. Just prior to the arrival of the flood-waters in the above photo my wife and I got caught in some sustained 45 to 50-MPH winds and torrential rains that lasted nearly 12 hours. Running on just the jib we skipped along at more than 8.5 knots for more than 30 miles. My biggest worry was that I might have been placing too much strain on the rigging, but it held well. We tied up the boat at the marina during a lull in the storm, unloaded the essentials, and the following day the flood-waters arrived. The storm, which continued for another couple days, was the remnants of last summer's hurricane.

The marina I was referring to in Florida IS Indiantown Marina, which is just about 17 miles west of Stuart, FL. I went there looking for a Morgan just like the one I purchased. It looked great on the outside, but the interior was shot. It's a neat marina, lots of amenities, but pretty expensive. If I had to get away from a hurricane, and I was within 100 miles of Indiantown Marina, it would be my hurricane hole of choice.

Cheers,

Gary
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