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08-31-2012 06:27 PM
Leocat66
Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

Just now able to post as power is now back on.

This one was worse than we expected and stayed longer than most down here in this area. All things considered we came out of it in fine shape. The surge and the wind combined to raise the water here 8' or so. The only problem we encountered was with the wind shift from N/E to S/E. With the wind blowing at around 70 we had to climb aboard, from the dink, on the lee side and adjust the spring lines as the bow was coming too close to the boat house in the gusts. We lost our lazy jacks and a spare halyard came loose, and ran to the top of the mast. We did not remove our wind generator as time did not permit. It can not be tied in place without placing a cover over it according to the instructions. The wind came on us all of a sudden and during so became too dangerous, we ran out of time. It ran at serious speed for three days and two nights and we feared the worst as it screamed and wined and the brake system sounded like a wounded helicopter at times. It came through fine though and is still putting out as normal, truly amazing.

Water came within three feet of entering our house. Many in our area were not so fortunate. Not much sleep until last night as we were up monitoring wind, water level and "ROSA". Thank You to all who have expressed concern for all of us living through this event. We have been through many over the years but never seem to become confident no matter how much we prepare, too many variables I guess.
08-29-2012 01:16 AM
BreakAwayFL
Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

Oh I forgot to mention, I didn't see less than 5'6" coming in from the South, and I left through the North and didn't see less than 5'9" until passing the canals, which got to 5'4" (rocks!) for a second.
08-29-2012 12:02 AM
BreakAwayFL
Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

Hey everyone. First off, Serenity is safe and sound. I sailed her back to her slip, none worse for the wear but for an American flag that gave its all and will be properly disposed of.

Second, My prayers and best wishes to those now in the new impact zone.

Third, I ended up on the Pennekamp mooring. They were very welcoming and understanding of my concerns and fears. After some discussion with a park officer, they permitted me to set one anchor as long as a I used one of their moorings for primary hold. I tied up to the mooring and dropped my 55 lb overkill anchor with enough line for a 15:1 scope, but left it very slack. This way It wouldn't be used unless the mooring failed. When I got back to her today, they only charged me for one day on the ball since they were closed Sunday and Monday. Really nice folks there.

I got into the dingy and headed for the boat, expecting the worst. There she was, still snug on the mooring, and with the anchor line only wrapped around the mooring line once! She was snug and dry, and despite the 4 days without solar panels and lights on, still had almost 12 volts waiting for the journey back to her slip.
I appreciate all the good wishes and advice, and feel much more prepared for next time. Which hopefully won't be this year!

Happy Sailing!
08-28-2012 11:49 PM
BreakAwayFL
Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

Quote:
Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
"I'm going to drop a couple of extra anchors in the water, just to be safe. "
That might be a very expensive mistake in Pennekamp. If there is coral in the area, or seagrass in the area...all sorts of regs against damaging the bottom and that's often why there are mooring balls instead of an anchorage area.
Just make Real Damned Sure you can drop anchors without getting a very expensive bill for doing so, Floriduh is not like New England when it comes to anchors and bottoms.
Ran it past the dockmaster and a park officer, they were OK with it while I was on the mooring. One anchor on a very slack line, as a backup if the mooring failed. When I got back there today she was just as I left her, and the anchor rode was only spun around the mooring once, and still slack of course.

The Pennekamp moorings are in Largo Sound away from any coral beds.
08-28-2012 08:38 PM
bigdogandy
Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

Good luck to you and everyone else on the Gulf Coast, Leocat......let us know how you fare with the storm.
08-28-2012 07:54 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

Lets hope it runs the length of the Mississippi, ending the severe drought up there. A bit late to save the crops, but it will restore the water table somewhat.
08-28-2012 07:25 AM
Leocat66
Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

Waiting for Issac. Well, it seems like it is our turn again here in Slidell. We live just off of Lake Pontchartrain and are debating on leaving again. "ROSA" is secured behind our house in a small waterway with 1" lines to large pilings on both sides holding her about 15' off of our dock. Considering taking a bow anchor out also this morning, by dingy, while it is still possible. Hoping for the best.
08-25-2012 09:58 PM
Leocat66
Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

Our hearts and prayers are with you all down in the Keys. Katrina survivors here in Louisiana. Been there done that many times and we may still get this one too! Be Safe Be Cautious.
08-25-2012 02:04 PM
JonEisberg
Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

Quote:
Originally Posted by bigdogandy View Post
If you tie up in the mangroves you'll need to get back on the boat as quickly as possible after the storm passes or someone else is likely to help themselves to anything you leave on board. I know this from experience.
Yeah, that would certainly be my concern, as well... Especially in that part of the Keys, no shortage of shady characters in that neighborhood...

Wish I'd seen his initial post earlier, I would have strongly suggested he head back up the bay to somewhere between Miami and Lauderdale, further from the projected track, and no shortage of far better options up there...
08-25-2012 12:43 PM
bigdogandy
Re: Hurricane is a comin, now what???

If you tie up in the mangroves you'll need to get back on the boat as quickly as possible after the storm passes or someone else is likely to help themselves to anything you leave on board. I know this from experience.
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