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Tell me about it! It's been quite a day! Felt the ground and walls move around me today!
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Been reading the board awhile, but new to posting here.

We have a 36 Hunter at Dinner Key, they have pretty good advice, which has been posted here for the most part. If you would like to see what they say, search Dinner Key marina (Miami) and there will be a .pdf on Hurricane preparation. Something the marina mentioned that may apply, if you have a dock box, empty it. They are likely to come detached in a storm surge or just pretty much any reason in a Cat 2/3 hurricane. Dinner Key in Miami got slammed by Andrew if you remember. Some who stayed on their boats did not survive. Please keep that in mind.

For those of you in SoFla that may think you are skating by. Please don't. Error level is around 250 miles when you get 180 hrs out. And Irene has been showing a lot of 'wobble'. (Not only am I a severe weather nut, I have a boat in South Florida, I would like to keep it for now).

Growing up, I've experienced a couple of typhoons, I know what they can do.

And just to put things in perspective, in the Midwest, last Thursday we just experienced 70 mph winds that seemed to go on forever. As a result, our lake marina had boats with unfurled jibs, one older boat was demasted, docks broke loose. Anyway you get the picture. And we are talking 70mph for about 5 min.

Over the 4th July, since we knew we weren't going to use the boat for awhile, we removed the bimini, lashed down all sheets, installed chafing protection. We did not remove our headsail (furled), but we did lash it down with extra line and bungies.

All non essential electrial was turned off and seacocks closed. I'm not sure what our bilge pump status is, but the advice posted is brilliant. We also installed a security system that is supposed to call my spouse's phone if the bilge pump fails. (However, we're 1200 miles away, so....)

The scariest thing, though, is when we asked our dock neighbors what their hurricane plans were...the answer was: "Pay our insurance." Yeah, but ... but..... a little prevention perhaps?

Best wishes to all, east coast, sorry that Mother Nature is having her way with you right now.
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Well, looks like Charleston is out of the danger cone. For that, we are thankful! There could still be some definite extreme high tides, so it'll be far from over! Stay safe everyone!
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I think it is going to continue to drift more to the east and transit safely out to open water. Safely, except for any boats out on the ocean.
This Irene thing could still be a threat to Bermuda if it swings way to the east.
Even if it passes my way there is still a chance that it will become 'extra tropical' and lose it's center of rotation but dump a lot of rain with high winds. One of the worst hurricane or typhoon to hit here was this one back in 1938 when I was not even born: 1938 New England hurricane - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
One I do remember is: Hurricane Bob - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Hurricane Ernesto (2006) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
was a tropical storm but was pretty rough here as was hurricane Gloria and Donna: Hurricane Gloria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
If you look at the tracks of all these previous storms and if hurricane Irene is even close to their path then we are in for a blow up and down the eastern seaboard.

In NYC I'm still contemplating why my couch moved and other things in the room did not, between 1-2pm today. My first earthquake! Only 5.8-9 but hey, the floor pulsated a little bit on the 2nd floor.

I'm still looking at Irene like the rest of you and hoping for the best.
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I think it is going to continue to drift more to the east and transit safely out to open water. Safely, except for any boats out on the ocean.
This Irene thing could still be a threat to Bermuda if it swings way to the east.
Even if it passes my way there is still a chance that it will become 'extra tropical' and lose it's center of rotation but dump a lot of rain with high winds. One of the worst hurricane or typhoon to hit here was this one back in 1938 when I was not even born: 1938 New England hurricane - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
One I do remember is: Hurricane Bob - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
and
Hurricane Ernesto (2006) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
was a tropical storm but was pretty rough here as was hurricane Gloria and Donna: Hurricane Gloria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
If you look at the tracks of all these previous storms and if hurricane Irene is even close to their path then we are in for a blow up and down the eastern seaboard.

In NYC I'm still contemplating why my couch moved and other things in the room did not, between 1-2pm today. My first earthquake! Only 5.8-9 but hey, the floor pulsated a little bit on the 2nd floor.

I'm still looking at Irene like the rest of you and hoping for the best.
Gut feel or do you have some data? My gut and the track from the NHC says I think we are overdue and we are going to get clobbered in NY/CT area. Not looking forward to this storm.
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Drifting east doesn't mean out in the ocean! Eastport, Maine, is east of San Juan! Tie 'er down Boy-o!

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4 to 5 day hurricane tracking models are only accurate to within 250 miles. That's a huge margin of error. If you look on NOAA, there are as many tracks running a Cat 1 into New England as there are running out to sea. Almost certain that Sun and Mon will be lousy nor'easters at a min.
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Now a cat 3 and expected to hit cat 4 in the next 12 hours. This is going to really hit the Bahamas hard. Carolina, get ready.
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I saw somewhere a 10 foot storm surge for the Bahamas. Seems to me there's a lot there that will be underwater. My thoughts and prayers go out to them.

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Can you haul the boat? Are you insured? What's the wind pattern likely to be? Same as Hugo or different? Lots of relevant questions. I'd suggest you find someone who's been through it before to advise you -- a harbor master, fisherman, commercial operator of some sort.....what are they doing? Ask them about your plan.

I'm on a mooring in Provincetown, MA and because I'm going to a wedding in Chicago over the weekend and may not be back until the storm hits, here's what I did today:

1. removed jib and staysail from furlers
2. lashed the main under it's sail cover with several lines
3. secured all haulyards and lazy jacks to the mast to minimize chafe/windage
4. removed the anchor from the bow to minimize chafe with mooring penants
5. doubled up the mooring penants, adding chafe gear and lashing them so they won't come out of the rollers on the bow
6. removed all extraneous gear from the deck and stored it below
7. secured all hatches, and dorades
8. closed all non-essential thru-hulls (I left the engine thru-hull open in case someone ohter than me needs to move the boat).
9. pumped the bilge and set the electric bilge pump to automatic
10. charged the batteries and turned off everything but the electric bilge pump
11. double checked all mooring shackles
12. contacted the local Sea-tow guy and told him that if the boat's in danger he has a blank check

I"m now going to watch the tracks for the next two days (until I am scheduled to leave for Chicago) and if it looks like we might get hit but we could ride it out, I'll dive on the mooring to double check all the gear.

If it looks like we're going to get clobbered the happy couple in Chicago will have to get married with out me and I'll go find a hole up a river in Maine over the weekend.

Anyone up for a fast trip to Maine? It's lovely this time of year.
The latest track that I have seen shows that Irene will travel just offshore until the eye passes over Hyannis, MA. At that time she will still be a cat 2 hurricane. The track shows that P-town will experience 70-100kt winds.

I think that if I were you, I would plan to miss the wedding...

My boat is on a slip in a narrow shallow cove, where the entrance opens south onto Narragansett Bay, RI. The wood pilings for the dock are at least 10' above MHWL. I am hopeful that I need not worry about storm surge. There are 4 docks south of me, and another marina south of them.

Normally, I put her bow in, which means that the bow is pointed north. One thought is that I should back her in so that the bow points south, into the bay. I also plan to put as many fenders / cushions as I can between me and the dock. I have about 80 feet of 1ľ" line that I plan to secure to one of the pilings, and to 2 of the cleats, or a winch, on the boat.

In addition to points 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 & 8 above, I hope that is enuf...

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