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26556Re: [SabreSailboat] Re: Hurricane Preparations?

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  • Mike
    Sep 1, 2010
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      Here is the recommendation from Keyport Yacht Club in NJ in the Raritan Bay.
      The path of the eye of Hurricane  Earl is projected to pass East of KYC and the eastern seaboard sometime during Friday or Saturday.  If
      Earl passes close to the Eastern Seaboard, high winds and seas and high tides are expected for Raritan Bay and Keyport.  Winds from the storm are expected to 
      start from an easterly direction and rotate around to the Northwest, with possible speeds that may exceed 40 knots.  A strong cold
      front will follow the passage of Earl with strong Northwest winds.  Members are advised to follow reliable weather forecasts to stay informed  as to the storm's progress.
      Historically boats in the Keyport Yacht Club Anchorage have been at risk of damage from high winds, from grounding due to dragging of mooring
      tackle or parting of mooring lines or failure of the point of attachment of the mooring lines (cleats or Sampson posts).

      Members are advised to take precautions to minimize the chance of damage from high winds or failure of mooring tackle.  Some insurance company policies will cover some of the costs of moving covered boats or removing boats to dry land. 
      Printed below is an excerpt from information delivered by an e-mail sent by Member Vince Salese regarding preparation for storms.  Our thanks to Vince for the excellent presentation.
      ON DECK
      • Remove anything on deck that isn't securely attached (bolted) to the deck such as spare fuel and water tanks, boat poles, fenders, ladders, dinghies, seat cushions, life ring, wind generator, removable electronics etc.
        Anything above deck can break loose and become damaging.
      • If you’re tempted to leave the sails on and simply lash them securely, remember that they greatly increase windage and the strain on mooring lines and equipment; it’s always better to remove them completely. 
      • If you choose to leave your sails on - take several wraps of your sheets around the headsail and cleat off your sheets as well as the roller furler line. Lash the main and cover to the boom with a long line starting at the mast and ending at the boom end.
        TIP: if you have a spare headsail halyard, tightly wrap it in a spiral fashion down and around the headsail and secure it to the stem head or furler drum.
        Remove dodger, bimini and lash the frames securely.
      • Double up the mooring lines. Spread the load over multiple deck cleats. If your cleats are small or may not be backed adequately, you can even run lines from the bow chocks back to the mast. Then apply chafe gear at the chocks. Use segments of plastic hose, canvas or leather wraps, or even plastic grocery bags well secured with duct tape. Make sure the chafing gear covers a good length of the lines on both sides of the chocks. During a hurricane, there is no such thing as too many lines, nor too many attachment points on the boat.
      • Clean anything from the cockpit that could block the drains or scuppers.
      • Secure items in the cabin. Check cabinets and drawers for items that may spill, break, or cause damage if thrown about.
      • Charge all batteries: And consider backup batteries capable of running bilge pumps for the duration of the storm.
      • Cut off all devices that can consume electricity except bilge pumps
      • Make sure your bilge pump is on automatic
      • Use duct tape to seal hatches and any points where the wind could drive water into the boat. Cap ventilators and dorades.
      • Close the seacocks on all through-hulls except cockpit and deck drains. The vibration of storm battering may loosen worn hoses or fittings.
      • Photograph all installed boat equipment above and below deck. You may need proof for a later insurance claim.
      • Remove all valuables and electronics as well.
      When everything is secure, get off the boat and stay off! No amount of damage to the boat is worth the risks to life or limbs.
      The last two steps to hurricane preparedness for your boat actually take place on land:
      1. Get your insurance policy up to date and anything else that money can't replace.
      2. Leave. Do NOT stay on a boat during a hurricane. Do not stay in the path of a hurricane at all. 
      George Druist

      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 6:02 AM
      Subject: Re: [SabreSailboat] Re: Hurricane Preparations?


      I agree.
      Hose is known to build up heat which is the enemy of your mooring pennant.
      Better to pour dish soap into the mooring line (Lanolin is even better).
      If you do not have ballistic nylon covers, use lots of wet rags.
      I also take a spare dock line and attach it to the ring and onto the front cleat.
      I put in an extra 1-2' of slack.
      Should I lose both mooring pennants, it is my back up.
      Then again, I use commerical mooring lines with ballistic nylon shields built in.
      Them puppies can hold a 150' fishing boat.
      If in the boston area, Roses in Glouchester sells them.
      put a piece of electrical tape on the line where it exits your furler.  Then manually spin the furler to suck all the line coming to the cockpit into the furler housing.  Nothing to scratch your deck.
      Make sure your bilge pump is the only active circuit before you leave the boat.  If some dragging boat holes your hull, this may save your boat.
      Couple of other items you will not find on most lists.
      Either tie you halyards up every 2' with sail ties as far you can reach, or pull them out toward the ends of the boat to keep from scratching your mast paint. Do not attach to the pulpits in case another dragging boat tangles with yours and rolls it on it's side.
      Tie a line from each side of the wheel to stanchions and snug down with a trucker knot. Takes the load off the wheel brake.
      remove the boom, or use old life jackets to jam in in the cockpit.  Tie down.
      Put some half hitches behind you clutches in case they pop up.
      Strip your sails. None of this tying up with a sail tie. Strip them.
      Never have seen a insurance policy that includes sails, so put them below.
      At a minimum, you will have your sunscreen ripped up.
      Remove spinnaker blocks so they are not beating the stern corners of your boat.
      Pump the holding tank, add water, and flush again.  Would stink to find the boat is fine,but a holding tank hose connect failed. 
      Take some photos with today's newspaper.  Makes insurance claims a lot easier when you can show you did everything possible.
      Good luck folks!

      --- On Tue, 8/31/10, David Evans <dave@...> wrote:

      From: David Evans <dave@...>
      Subject: Re: [SabreSailboat] Re: Hurricane Preparations?
      To: Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 2:19 PM

      Garden hose may be a poor choice for chafing gear. Nylon builds up heat as
      it streches, and non-breathing plastic will contain said heat, leading to
      failure. Better the traditional fire hose or the more-readily-available
      woven polyester from marine suppliers.

      > In addition to taking all the sails, dodger and bimini off whenever there
      > are storms predicted and I am leaving the boat I thread my mooring and
      > dock lines through sections of garden hose to act a as chafe gear. You may
      > have to duck tape the ends to prevent sliding but the hose provides really
      > good protection.

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