My Plan A is to stay in Montauk if Irene makes landfall near Manhattan. That looks to be the case. (Plan B is a mooring off Greak Neck, Plan C is haul-out at Glen Cove. Both of those places look to be under the eye soon.) ...
We went with option A, to stay away from the projected path. Boat is fine. Our house 100 miles to the west is in a town with trees down all over and we have to duck under police tape to get to our house. There's a wire down in front of our neighbor's house.
A friend and I spent hours prepping the boat on Saturday. Here's a shot of the boat with all canvas down below. (Yes, I left the life raft in place. The canvas is on so tight, it will rip if I take it off.)
The boat was already up in the south corner of the lake, with little fetch to the SE, S and SW. We put 6 anchors off the bow rollers, like a Bahama mooring. Water is 10 feet deep, with the roller 5 feet off the water.
145' 1/2" chain, 44 pound CQR (to SW), snubbered pretty short with 7/8 line
150' 3/4" line, Danforth 90 H (to SE)
150' 5/8"? line, 2 x 100 pound Chinese, Danforth-copies (in tandem) (to South)
150' 7/8" line, 44 pound Bruce (to East)
300' 1/2" line, 30 pound Bruce (to NW, normal direction of fetch)
The 90H and Chain-CQR were already set as the only anchors, so I wasn't worried about having such a small anchor "up fetch". If it dragged, she'd be on the usual anchors.
Here's a shot of the anchors, Note the chafing gear around the lines and the angles off the bow.
And here's the final measure, to keep the lines inside the roller frame. This is the Anti-Anchorline-Jumping-Off-The-Roller-As-Depicted-In-Mainsail's-Videos technique. With such little fetch, this was probably overkill, but the hurricane could have swerved over us, right?
Lastly, here's a shot of the prep team. David (on the left) sailed his Catalina 38 to the USVI and back, a couple years ago. He's been chartering it all summer, see sailing montauk
. David was a great help, with his ton of experience and eloquent words of wisdom. His boat got hit by lightning (150 feet from ours) only a week ago. She's totaled, at least he has insurance. If anyone knows of an inspected sailing vessel for a good price, let me know.
Note what sure else we could have done. If anyone has some suggestions, let me know.