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Old 07-31-2011, 07:46 AM   #1
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August 9, Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM at West Marine, 3500 Barrancas, Pensacola.

I will be coordinating my annual hurricane preparation presentation as I have the last ten years or so. This year we will have a roundtable discussion of how you have prepared. Topics will be:
-Developing a plan.
-Wind, waves, surge and rain.
-Securing you boat ashore at a dock, marina,canals, rivers, creeks & anchoring.
-Boats on trailers. Go to Tennessee!
-Davits, lift and hoists.
-Chafing gear, dock lines, fenders, reducing windage.
-Preventing water damage and theft.

Come and share your experiences. I will. I have ridden out Ivan and Katrina on board my Cal 46. I do not reccommend this.

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Old 08-04-2011, 07:23 AM   #2
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Has anyone else ever ridden out a hurricane on their boat?

I have on every hurricane we have had since 1996. While we do not reccomend you do that, I'll explain why I did it.

Come on over Tuesday and join in this free presentation.

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Looking forward to seeing you there.
You must have some good tales to share.

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Today, Tuesday at 6PM. I have the latest info from local boatyards on their
" Hurricane Haulout Clubs"

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Thanks for the great turnout! See you all next year,Good LORD willing.
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Old 08-11-2011, 03:42 PM   #6
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Hey Old Flatty,

I hired a captain to take my 42' Ocean Yachts Supersport east as fast as he could go when Ivan was coming. As you know insurance will help pay for this. Instead of doing this he anchored up in a canal with 2 anchors and other lines tied to trees. On board was my son and him. He had done this before with no problems. But Ivan regretfuly was not a normal storm.

I called him from home around midnight and everything was fine. I could tell when talking to him that he was drunk as a goat. My son doesn't drink.

When the storm got really bad and the water was at it's highest one anchor pulled and the other line broke. The trees were holding for a while but the boat had swung all the way accross the canal hitting another yacht that was tied up on their dock.

When it was all over and the water receeded my boat was halfway sitting on top of their pier with the starboard windows busted out and half full of rain water. No one was injured. He was probably too drunk to get hurt.

The boat was towed to Eastern Shore Marine where they wrapped it up to keep any rain out and serviced the engines and generator and ran the A/C until it was finally to the hill to do the repairs. By wrapping up the windows the entire interior molded and was replaced later.

After months of repairs and having the entire boat painted with 2 coats of Awlgrip guess what happens next.

Hurricane Katrina heads this way. The insurance had paid almost $170,000.00 for the repairs and the last thing to paint was the bottom. The shafts were still out. Katrina comes in and floods the entire marina including all the boats on the hill and washes them out into the swamp..!!! The shafts were out so now the boat is full of saltwater.

The insurance company filed a full total on the vessel and I got paid a little more than what I paid for the boat. Someone in Alabama bought the boat as salvage and had it redone. I bet it looks beautiful today.

I didn't buy another boat untill 2009 and it fits on a trailer..!!
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