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So, we have had a pretty crazy week.

Got nailed pretty hard by a tornado or micro burst.

The wind has been pretty consistently nuts on the St Lawrence River, but Thursday was extreme. We have been camping on the river and two really extreme storms have hit us. The first one was reported by the weather network. We tied our boats to trees, jumped in our van and went and parked in a field while the weather passed.

The second storm caught us off guard. It was extremely intense. It picked up our travel trailer and blew it about 20 feet through the air before landing on it's roof. Our trimaran was chained to the trailer but more or less survived.


 

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Sad... A micro burst came through the marine last winter where the boat was in-water stored. Boat was well tied with 3/4" dock lines and spring lines... Burst of wind caused the boat to rip every cleat off our B dock... (4)... boat was blown across and came to rest bow against the end of the A finger docks across the way. Solar panels smashed against life stanchions (I should have stored them below in winter). Some scratches to the hull. Insurance paid for the hull repair and the solar panels.
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So, we have had a pretty crazy week.

Got nailed pretty hard by a tornado or micro burst.

The wind has been pretty consistently nuts on the St Lawrence River, but Thursday was extreme. We have been camping on the river and two really extreme storms have hit us. The first one was reported by the weather network. We tied our boats to trees, jumped in our van and went and parked in a field while the weather passed.

The second storm caught us off guard. It was extremely intense. It picked up our travel trailer and blew it about 20 feet through the air before landing on it's roof. Our trimaran was chained to the trailer but more or less survived.


Wow, that sounds really bad.

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Whoops, bad link. This one might work.




Trimaran was chained to the trailer when the storm hit. Trailer got thrown about 20 feet through the air and landed on its roof. The trailer dragged the tri behind it, but the tri was fine. Went out sailing on the tri before dealing with the carnage to blow off some steam. Great wind for sailing after the storm, high 20 knot range gusting into the high 30s.

Should be no problem recovering.
 

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We are fully recovered from our Tornado experience and back out again only 8 days later.

The trailers loss set is back some $$$$. We gave the wreckage to a freind who figured they could use the frame to make a boat trailer.

Bought a really cool vintage Coleman trailer to replace it and are currently camped on a new site on the St Lawrence River with our trimaran parked on the beach in fronont of our trailer. Plan to stay here until Thanksgiving.
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