Someone has to get this ball rolling - so I'll be the first "fool".
The "Storm of the Century" (March '93) caught "Southbound" anchored in Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera (Bahamas).
Friday night, we learned of a weather
system in the Gulf of Mexico
that was expecterd to deliver some weather
our way, by sometime Saturday.
We were scheduled to exchange our present guests for a new couple on Sunday morning.
Although we new Governor's Harbour to have very thin holding, and no protection from anything but North - we decided to stay over Friday night, and see what the morning brought. We hoped to ride out what ever came our way, and effect a convenient passenger transfer on Sunday morning.
Friday night was a little "bumpy" (but not too bad), but started picking up by 8:00 AM Saturday. We could (now) see that our anchorage would become untennable.
I dinghy'd our female guest (Linda) and all their luggage ashore, and left them at the nearby police station. Her husband (Gordon) was still aboard "Southbound".
Upon returning to the boat, I found both anchors dragging (no surprize - the bottom is about 6" sand over rock).
Unable to re-set an anchor
, we decided to escape the harbour for a (reletively) nearby safe anchorage. We'd get Gordon ashore & reunited with Linda "somehow" later.
By this time, we were facing 60 knot
head-winds and 10' seas (within the harbour).
To make a long story short - we didn't make it out (that day), blowing out our head-sail, and seizing our engine
We abandoned ship, and safely made shore.
Thru' the heroic assistance of Captain
Fou, and others, I was able to reboard "Southbound" and get her towed to a mooring
, where she weathered the storm without further misshap. Over the next week, we effected the neccesary repairs
, and eventually returned to Ft. Lauderdale for the summer.
(Some of the) LESSONS LEARNED:
1. Pay attention & act EARLY. Do it NOW (whatever it is you think should soon be done).
2. Prudence "trumps" convenience, EVERY TIME.
3. Don't go where you know you shouldn't .
Learned some mechanical lessons that I'll (eventually) post to "Equip. Failures"