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St. Martin post IRMA Hurricane

Some video footage of St. Martin after Hurricane IRMA came through. Boats stored on land seem in better shape as would be expected. But those left in the water (and still floating) look like everyone of them was demasted. Amazing

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I saw another picture with what looked like 20-25 good sized multihulls flipped over and piled up, some in the water and some not...

In terrible irony, our friends who winter in the Caribbean, after 15 years of sailing to Carriacou for storage, got clearance from their insurers to stay in Antigua for the first time this year. They are still awaiting news of the condition of their boat.

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I saw another picture with what looked like 20-25 good sized multihulls flipped over and piled up, some in the water and some not...

In terrible irony, our friends who winter in the Caribbean, after 15 years of sailing to Carriacou for storage, got clearance from their insurers to stay in Antigua for the first time this year. They are still awaiting news of the condition of their boat.
Oh man, hope they get some good news. But, at least they got the Insurance Co. blessing to be there. I've been trying to find how the American Yacht Harbor on St Thomas fared. Boat we wanted to charter in January was based there. Not expecting it will happen. Just hope the island recovers quickly and Hurricane Jose misses them all.

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I saw another picture with what looked like 20-25 good sized multihulls flipped over and piled up, some in the water and some not.........
The multi designs allow uplift.
I'm done zero research on this, but think it is a huge factor.
When building in some coastal high-wind coastal areas, the engineers figured in uplift. Some of it was overkill, some of it made good sense.
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The pile of flipped cats was in the BVI and all charter cats. its where moorings/sunsail leave the fleet in the hurricane hole. It doesnt show you how many survived. maybe lots.

Although the islands have sustained significant damage its not as devastating as soome make out. Roofs have gone, yes, but the buildings are still there. they can be fixed reasonably quickly. Same with the resorts. Theres lots of photos with files of timber and fallen palms in swimming pools but these can be dragged out in a few days. A resort should be back in operation within a week.

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