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I noticed on your blog site that you had an incident with your boat being grounded sometime back. I read through your blog and could not find the account of what happened and how you resolved it.
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I noticed on your blog site that you had an incident with your boat being grounded sometime back. I read through your blog and could not find the account of what happened and how you resolved it.
Look for/search google, too, as I put it up on other sites, "I learned about sailing from that" - the title of my post-wreck analysis.

The pix in the gallery with the sailboat on its side are the wordless workshop version of what happened, but the short story is that we salvaged her off, put on more fiberglass, and went cruising, this time to shake her and us down via two east coast tours with ever increasing length offshore.

You can start a the very beginning (go to conversations and then to the beginning) and see it all; coordinating that with the pix will give you the complete story.

Thanks for the interest. In the end it was the best that could happen. It convinced the Admiral that we really did, as I'd tried to insist, need to shake the boat down, and for us to get familiar with her in real life. It paid off the salvor and the mortgage via the insurance, leaving a kitty for us to complete the repairs. It allowed her, too, to get intimately familiar with the insides of her construction, as we took apart the starboard side (on which she'd been banging) to retab. And, most of all, the confidence that short of a very angry whale, we'd not sink her by hitting something.

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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.

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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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Glad to hear the flying pig did not become a Flying Pig! So we can expect to hear more stories of your travels!

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