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You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

This is what happened to a house during the Philippines typhoon....


Could you imagine what that wave would've done to a boat?
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This is what happened to a house during the Philippines typhoon....
New video shows typhoon wave washing away house - YouTube
Could you imagine what that wave would've done to a boat?
"You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane"
Why in the world not?
At least a couple of full days of hard work preparing the boat and securing her before the storm. Then, the equivalent feeling to standing one foot from a freight train moving at 60 mph for the duration. Next we get the days of cleaning up and putting the boat back together afterwards, in the hot and humid conditions that follow a tropical storm. All that, assuming you did your job properly, and everybody else did too, so their boat didn't destroy yours.
What's not to love about being on a boat in a tropical storm?
Ain't yachting fun?
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Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

I have not been in conditions like shown on the video. I have ridden out several TS and hurricanes on my boat. Some folks question the wisdom of that. Where, how and around whom I anchor is a major factor. A boat is made to float, houses are not, so storm surge is not an issue if you plan and use proper scope. It is also designed to point into the wind and properly stripped offers much less resistance than a fixed house. The other thing is that my boat has everything I need. Food, water, power, shelter etc and those are not washed away. As we recover from a storm I am not a burden on the limited resources ashore. Dan S/V Marian Claire
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I have ridden out 3 major hurricanes in my boat & done just fine. Folks on shore not so well.
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Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

plus being in the water, the stormsurge affects you much less.

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Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

This extract from a BBC website:

Haiyan - equivalent to a category five hurricane - is now heading towards Vietnam and southern China.

The storm made landfall on the Philippines shortly before dawn, bringing gusts that reached 379 km/h (235 mph), waves as high as 15m (45ft) and up to 400mm (15.75 inches) of rain in places.


Nobody rides out a storm like that at sea or in an anchorage for that matter. That is a nudge over 200 knots.

One has to understand that a CAT 5 hurricane is any wind speed over 135 knots


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200 knots of wind. That's not even conceivable.


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Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

I can imagine myself getting really seasick riding out weather like that on a boat.

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200 knots of wind. That's not even conceivable.
That is even faster than the wind speed as you are going down skydiving before the parachute opens.

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Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

we keep having monster storms like this.. we are going to need a cat 6

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