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Exclamation Hurricane is a comin, now what???

OK. I'm currently on my way down to my Coronado 25 in Key Largo, FL from NJ, trying to outrun the weather.

My current dockage agreement basically kicks me out if there is a hurricane watch or warning, which means it looks like I'm out. I'm located at Garden Cove on the Atlantic side. Waves are going to be building fast so I'll have to make for a hole ASAP. There's no way for me to leave before Friday morning.

I'm thinking of pulling the mainsail, booting the jib, pulling the solar panels. Then I'm going to motor for Largo sound. I would take it around the bend, then South near Card Sound road and triple anchor in 10 feet of water with about 100 feet of rode on each.

First storm for me as a sailboat owner. Can't lie, poopin my pants thinking about this.

Thoughts, advice?
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Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

Look into going to Marathon and getting on a mooring ball.
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Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

I love the idea, but it's too far. Know any moorings further North?
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Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

From Key Largo to Marathon should only be a day trip through Hawks Channel.

I'm not sure of any mooring fields around Largo.
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Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

Ah hah!!!

John Pennekamp has a small mooring field, and took my reservation despite the oncoming hurricane. I was honest with them and told them they were my hurricane hole. Their only caveat is that they will not allow anyone to be on the boat during hurricane winds.
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Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

For anyone who is curious, the maximum draft to come in from the South is 4'3", and the charge is about $20 daily.
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Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

If you're headed to Card Sound, I'd try to sneak into one of the numerous creeks in that area, and tie yourself into a spiderweb between the mangroves...

Steamboat Creek near the Card Sound bridge is the first that comes to mind, I explored it in my dinghy last winter, it would be a perfect hidey hole for a boat like yours... There are numerous other creeks surrounding places like Tarpon Basin, or Jewfish Creek, as well - I'd much rather take my chances in the mangroves, than anchoring out in any of those sounds...

Problem for you now, of course, will be the relative lateness of your arrival on the scene, some of the prime spots are likely to be already occupied...

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For anyone who is curious, the maximum draft to come in from the South is 4'3", and the charge is about $20 daily.

Glad you found a nice spot at a good price.
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Glad you found a nice spot at a good price.
Me too! I feel much better now. I'm going to drop a couple of extra anchors in the water, just to be safe.
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Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

since the boat is only 25 foot have you considered pulling it out of the water at a local marina? Then you can hightail it out of there to safe ground, no boat is worth your life and 25 foot boat is nowhere to be a hurricane.....captg
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