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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.