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Old 08-25-2012, 01:16 PM   #1
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OK, so Isaac's main track looks to put the eye around Panama City/Appalachicola, will the boat be OK on a lift at Perdido Key?

Still weighing the decision to head down from Birmingham to pull the boat out of the water and move to high ground. If the Orange Beach/Perdido Key area is on the backside, I don't feel quite as worried about it.
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:37 PM   #2
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Joe the water surge can be bad, we are at cotton bayou and I 've seen it when Ike came close on it's way to Texas. Water level rose 3 feet , so maybe that will help you make the decision.
I'll be leaving our dock Tuesday morning.
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:43 PM   #3
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If the storm does come this way, and you wait till Monday or Tuesday Morning, it will be kaos at ramps and traffic.

It is always best to plan for the worst, then you are ready.

FYI, Bahia Mar Marina on Bayou Chico started mandatory evacuation of the marina's wet slips, which means you either haul out or leave and anchor out.

I would say, get ready now.

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Ditto on the last minute thing. Never a good idea.

If my vessel were on a lift in Perdido Key I would be putting it on a trailer and getting it north of the ICW.

To your point of the storm being to the east of Perdido Key, that means the winds will be out of the north blowing all the water out of Perdido Bay back at your boat.
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During Ivan, lots of folks left boats on lifts in my canal and either lost them completely or damaged when they floated up into the rafters of their boathouses. two of those boats ended up in the neighbor's yard. I had a 20 ft mako tied up with long lines, it went up 15ft with the surge and came back down, just a little scratch under the bow where part of someone's dock scraped by...

If you leave it in the water, secure it so it can ride a surge.
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:10 PM   #6
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You shouldn't leave them in the lifts. Also you should strap the lift on all 4 corners to stop it from swinging around in the wind or surge. This will help prevent it slamming into the dock.
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Looks like some of the more recent models shift it back to the west a little, putting Perdido/OB on the dirty side. Guess I'll see yall there in 5 or 6 hours.
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Making a decision on where you "think" landfall and strength will be, is a gamble, to say the least. Better to move it and not to have needed to, than the other way around.
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:28 PM   #9
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When it comes to storms, I think its always better to err on the safe side!
I know my place is a long way from the beach, but if you need it, I have room for maybe two 25 footers. Much bigger than that would have a hard time getting down my drive.
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:10 PM   #10
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This shows how much more everyone down here is up on hurricane prep.... I was on the chesapeake several years back when one came right up the bay. Coast Guard recommended not to ride it out on the water, but to get into a slip in a marina instead. Marinas there were not pulling boats out of the water. They were leaving them in the slips but you had to have a min of 12 lines tying it up, with enough slack to allow for the surge. Water topped out at about 3 feet above the docks. No boats were damaged though, mine made it through just fine. Am kinda wondering though, how come marinas here make it mandatory to pull them out of the water when it seemed to work the way we did it up there. Of course, I fully understand that you guys have ALOT more experience with hurricane then we did up there.... but why the difference with the marinas?
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