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Re: Lesson from Sandy
Froggie, I suppose you have never read any of the sailing books or magazine articles written by the Pardeys or Jimmy Cornell or anyone else who has tens of thousands of miles of cruising experience under their keels?
Folks who are out cruising, especially folks who have been sailing pre-internet, pre-weather-satellite, or just in corners of the world where weathermen don't have all the great toys, have often been caught out in bad weather. yes, including hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, whatever the local word for them is.
And you'll hear from all of them that being aboard the boat allows you ro RUN THE ENGINE to take the strain off the ground tackle, or if necessary, to stay off a lee shore if the tackle breaks.
To fend off other craft or debris drifting down on them, or to move out of the way.
And to rotate, replace, or replenish chafing gear, because you can "prepare" all you want but eventually it all chafes and parts anyway.
Then too, you can do basic damage control if something does hit the boat or give way, and that can prevent a total loss.
Sure, you can secure the boat and then go wait it out in a bunker, and that might be the safest thing to do. Safest for you--but not the boat. Assuming your bunker doesn't flood or a tree doesn't squash you like a bug, which happens often enough in every major storm too. And you probably won't be electrocuted by a downed power line while you're on your boat, either. Yes, this morning a NYC Sanitation worker nearly died because there was a live power line in a puddle he walked into.