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Check with your dock neighbors first and foremost. I've seen lots of folks "haul out" and put their boat right into harm's way. If where she ends up on the hard is not much higher than the water level, then you're not necessarily gaining anything, and definitely not if it comes to storm surge. Now, if she can move 100' up, different story, of course. I know lots of folks that actually move "out" instead of in. A lot depends on your particular situation.

I mainly want to remind you (and everyone else), to remove your Biminis & Dodgers, along with everything else that's topside that you can. Those top frames are definitely not made to withstand that kind of beating. If you stay in the water, use more bumpers than you currently have. As a matter of fact, start looking around now for extras. Throw cushions, life-jackets will work if they have too. Tie off, tie off & tie off again, but give your boat the opportunity to move; especially "up". Good luck.
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So, as fate would have it, my boat is on the hard after being bottom painted.

I'm not even sure they'll let me leave it there, but I was wondering where it's safer:

Is it safer left on the hard at the marina, or is it better off in the confines of my slip at home?

My slip is large and protected, but subject to flood tides that could break it loose from the pilings and have it beat against the pier. (in Isabel, tides surged to 6' above normal)

On the hard is safe from flooding, but should I worry about it toppling in high winds?
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Pretty good advice so far about removing canvas, doubling your (very long!) docklines to allow for surge, and so on. One thing I haven't seen mentioned, for those staying in a marina slip: check the location of the masts on neighboring boats. When you get to swingin' you don't want their rig tangling with yours; move forward or back a few feet in your slip to offset your rig from your neighbor's. For us liveaboards, also top up water and fuel in case there are outages after the storm. Move your car to high ground and not under a tree limb.
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General reading...

http://www.boatus.com/hurricanes/ass...prep_guide.pdf

Irene Tracking...

http://www.boatus.com/hurricanes/tracking.asp#Irene

Uh, Oh.

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Looks like the plan in this Charleston marina is to tie off well, lots of bumpers and remove anything that can move, lash what can't. Fortunately, the bow faces the wind (east). We'll see how well these very high concrete pilings which the piers float on will handle. The other fortune, if it holds, is that Irene may now make landfall farther north. Thanks everyone, and we'll let you know how we fair, good or bad!
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Looks like the new path of Irene is heading up through the Bay just West of Cape Charles and Eastern Shores. We currently are located down Rappahannock River about 4 miles from the bay / Deltaville, VA. We are unable to remove our sailboat from the dockage.

Any idea on how much wind and surge the river will end up getting if it follows her current path up the Bay?
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It could be like Isabel. Hopefully not.
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Talk about the **** hitting the fan. Keep your boat in the water and it could face Irene. Haul her out and set her on land and the freaking ground is moving. I feel for ya!
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