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Short Report from Singer Island, FL

Singer Island is about 45 miles North of Ft Lauderdale.

Highest wind gust reported was 91mph in our area. I think this may be a bit conservative as 10 miles North reported 113mph.

Storm surge appeared to be 3 to 4 feet above high tide.

Canvas that was left in place on all boats in the vicinity was shredded. Can’t imagine why anyone would have left a scrap of canvas up?

(2) sailboats and (1) power boat sank at their mooring after getting hit by wayward vessels or other floating objects.

Approximately 70% of the boats that were moored or anchored either dragged anchor or chafed through the lines. Unfortunately, these ended up doing a lot of damage to the adjacent marinas, private docks, beaches and other “innocent” vessels that were in the marinas.

One couple had to be rescued off their sailboat at anchor in the ICW....of course this was a bit of a media frenzy which did not bode well for other live-a-boards. Note, their mainsail was under cover lashed to their boom....oye.

(4) out of (10) of my 5/8” dock / spring lines chafed through. The upper swivel on my furling was clove hitched to my bow pulpit with 3/8” line. It chafed through at the pulpit tube even though it was a round smooth surface.

All fenders on the windward side were neatly flipped up onto the deck.

Miraculously there was no damage. All cleats and fairleads held fast….amazing for a 1969 Pearson.

Have to say I was grinning from ear to ear when I saw her still in her berth, waiting to sail another day.

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(4) out of (10) of my 5/8” dock / spring lines chafed through. The upper swivel on my furling was clove hitched to my bow pulpit with 3/8” line. It chafed through at the pulpit tube even though it was a round smooth surface.
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Re: Short Report from Singer Island, FL

Wow...sounds like you were prepared. Was your boat in a canal or in a marina?
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Wow...sounds like you were prepared. Was your boat in a canal or in a marina?
Thank you...as prepared as I could be...blessed that we didn't see Cat 4.

I was in a marina on the leeward side of the barrier island. Having the island and condos to re-direct some of the wind definitely helped.

All dock lines were tied directly to the pylons...not to the available cleats on the dock. Note (2) of the 4 lines that chafed through had commercial chafe protection and snubbers on them.

I was lucky, very lucky. A friend of mine moved his sailboat from his marina (located on the West side of the ICW) out into the ICW (not in the channel) for fear of other boats dragging anchor and piling up in his marina. His fear was realized as his marina made the news Monday morning with several derelict and party boats converging on the docks and doing extensive damage to the marina. He used heavy chains leading to two knock-off Rocna anchors at roughly 10:1 scope. His boat didn't move from what I could tell. However, he was hit by one of the party boats (derelict house boats) right on the deck to hull joint and had a new 16" x 4" portal to show for it.
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Miraculously there was no damage. All cleats and fairleads held fast….amazing for a 1969 Pearson.

Have to say I was grinning from ear to ear when I saw her still in her berth, waiting to sail another day.
Maybe fortunate it was a Pearson that it held up so well.

Glad you faired so well.
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Re: Short Report from Singer Island, FL

My Pearson 26 survived on a homemade mooring in Cocoa - 2 of the 3 anchor rodes chafed through but the 3rd held - the boat has a little damage on the side - from a wayward dock - the marina/slips next to me , behind a large condo building were destroyed - now the anchorage is littered with the leftovers, there are several boats sunk also - missing their masts - so not exactly sure where they are, hopefully when the water goes down some will be able to see tops.
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Re: Short Report from Singer Island, FL

Scubadoo sounds like you were quite lucky. Do you have any before/after pictures? It's always interesting to me to see how people prepare for these kinds of storms. Kind of like a "lessons learned"

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I am amazed about how many people did nothing - bimini's still up , sails still on roller furler, mainsail and cover still on , dock lines not doubled up , no chafing gear, we had a weeks notice on the storms approach - I guess they figured if damaged -insurance would take care of it.
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Re: Short Report from Singer Island, FL

Great report, thanks for the update. It's always interesting to see what works and what doesn't, even if in some cases it's pure luck or pure stupidity.

I'm sure that some of those fools figured it was time for new canvas, a new boat, or are getting out of sailing altogether so why not let someone else pay for it.

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Do you have any before/after pictures? It's always interesting to me to see how people prepare for these kinds of storms. Kind of like a "lessons learned"
Yes...quite a few...have to figure out how to get them into this post without using those tiny thumbnails!
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