Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Cape Cod
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Re: Trying to be prepared for the inevitable hurricane
I like the fact that the swivel on your mooring is on top. Attach your main pennant and extra pennants to that swivel.
I rode one out on a mooring that had the pennant attached below the ball. To be "safe" I added to additional pennants, same attach point. I was in a tidal river. With the currents, wind, and waves the boat made many trips around the mooring during the storm. One of the extra pennants chaffed through after getting wrapped around the chain, and working with the sea state.
My first choice is to haul. Some of the boat yard's in my area will only haul if they have time to step the mast (which is unlikely unless you haul many days in advance). The are worried about jack stand domino's.
We've weathered a few, including a direct hit with Hurricane Bob on moorings. Strip everything, extra chaffing, get to the most secure place with the least fetch you can find and cross your fingers. Think minimum windage, no sails, no dodgers, put life rings below, etc. Connect your halyards to strong points on deck to help support the mast if the standing rigging gets compromised. Remove the anchor if it can interfere in
any way with the mooring lines and chafe them.
I watched hurricane Bob from the shore on a small harbor with minimum fetch. Horizontal spray from the sea (not rain) was like a car wash from the surface up to about 20 feet in a very protected harbor. Sailboats would lay over until the spreaders touched. Very convincing, don't stay on the boat if you have a choice, secure and get to a safe place.