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Coreyboy18 09-03-2008 10:58 PM

I made it through my first hurricane!
 
Well I bought my boat about six months ago and just survived Hurricane Gustav! I tied the boat up well, and didn't have any problems. I noticed a little bit of chafing on one line, but that was about it. I also had about two inches of water, but turned the bilge on and pumped that out. I am going to try and take my boat out of the water for the winter to do some work to it (rewire electrical, install bigger battery bank, repaint the deck, etc), and hopefully before these other storms have an opportunity to come my way.

Main reason of the post was to say thanks to everyone who contributed to the Hurricane post and said the many different ways they tie their boats up, and what they do to protect it from wind, water and tide. I decided to spider the lines from smallest diameter lines to larger diameter lines and it really worked. The boat didn't touch the dock and all lines stayed in tact. Anyway, thanks for all of the info. It came in very useful for my first time!:D

artbyjody 09-03-2008 11:02 PM

Congrats Corey! Best wishes!

sailhog 09-03-2008 11:07 PM

Corey,
You're a good captain! I know what you're talking about when you have access to good advice. It's simply invaluable when you're unsure of your own analysis, which is my case on HHI. Folks on this forum took the time and trouble to contact me to point out when things looked as grim as I thought they did, and to point out when conditions were improving. It gives you confidence in your decision making process, and there are a great deal of decisions that have to be made. I'd like to thank Cam, Sway and Sapper. They are good men and fine captains.

Coreyboy18 09-03-2008 11:17 PM

Well, I was very excited to get to my boat and see that she made it. We experienced between a 6-10ft surge, so I was really unsure how to allow for the rise in water while still accommodating the lower levels. The posts were very detailed at times and really helped. I can't really begin to describe the feeling of walking (actually started running as I got closer) down the pier to my slip to see my baby waving at me and wondering where I've been...a truly adrenaline filled reunion!

camaraderie 09-04-2008 12:07 AM

Well done Corey! Looks like I get to play in the rain and wind next!

sailingdog 09-04-2008 01:55 AM

Tag Cam, you're it. :) Be a few days before it gets up to here.




camaraderie 09-04-2008 08:59 AM

Yeah..well I am expecting TS force winds here but our problem is the water rise and exposure to the south and southeast. If Hannah hits around Wilmington as predicted we are gonna have a lot of wind from those quadrants and that will push a lot of water into the harbor as well as provid a lot of fetch for thewave action. Thank goodness my boat is on the hard and in Annapolis but we have 49 others here to take care of. Got my foulies and waders ready!

sailhog 09-04-2008 09:19 AM

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Originally Posted by camaraderie (Post 363062)
Yeah..well I am expecting TS force winds here but our problem is the water rise and exposure to the south and southeast. If Hannah hits around Wilmington as predicted we are gonna have a lot of wind from those quadrants and that will push a lot of water into the harbor as well as provid a lot of fetch for thewave action. Thank goodness my boat is on the hard and in Annapolis but we have 49 others here to take care of. Got my foulies and waders ready!

It's all about wind direction at our marina. It can blow out of the NE, E and SE all it wants and everything is fine. SW is a totally different story... We had two small whalers sink in 30 kt winds last spring. The fetch built up, pooped the cockpits, which only got worse as their waterlines at the sterns slowly dipped into Skull Creek. If the owners had turned their boats around with the bow facing the threat, the boats would have been fine.

WaterView 09-04-2008 09:35 AM

That's great you made out OK Corey, I bet you had more than a sick feeling when it was getting close.
Cam, it does look like menacing weather coming, and maybe one or two after Hanna. I hate Hurricanes even though I'm outside of Richmond, VA and Isabel crushed us over 100 miles from the coast. Many downed tress and power out from 4 to 10 days.
The Cabana I stayed in the week before Isabel hit in Hatteras was washed away close to the "new inlet' it made between Hatteras and Frisco.
Batten down the hatches and keep us posted.

Cruisingdad 09-04-2008 10:06 AM

Glad you made it through Corey!

- CD


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