I really need photos for this post, but SN isn't very user friendly. I just wanted to point out some options for someone staying in a marina. Some Texas friends of ours with considerable experience with hurricanes are here. Before we could put a boat next to them, they paid the transient fee for the slip next to them. So they were in a 50' slip, about 40' wide. They used their heavy lines to spiderweb them in the slip on 12 cleats. They probably would have been ok in a cat 4 or 5 storm *if* the marina survived. No problem with ill-prepared boat neighbors. My biggest fear was topping the pilings. High tide on Friday afternoon, in front of the storm, we saw about 3 1/2 to 4' to the tops. Once the water level started dropping, I relaxed and slept well. There is basically no fetch in north winds here. With a hurricane offshore, that's where the winds are from. Actually, Hermine beat us up much worse since it was inshore to our west. The south winds came right up the river and beat the heck out of dock 1 which served as a breakwater. We're still working on that dock getting it back in proper condition. Man, the one thing a full time cruiser dreads is hurricane season. It's your boat, your home, and your life.
Here's hoping for a quiet ending to this year's hurricane season, but don't forget that it isn't over until November 30.
It's simple. Set this screen for not-full-size, and ditto your photo, aside it. Select your photo, left click, and drag it to the box below the composition section.
The one I put up is my all-time favorite hole, Treasure Cay in Abaco Bahamas, doing the large-double-slip-spiderweb. I know some who have ridden out several hurricanes there, and the most recent one (Matthew was 50 miles west) had the eye go right over it. 5 friends successfully rode it out there.
You probably know, speaking of breakwaters, of the condo docks in SSI, destroyed in Hermine, accelerated by the demise of THEIR breakwater; one of the folk there stayed with you for that blow...
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