Originally Posted by Hud3
Make sure you have enough extra furling line in the drum so you can wrap the jib sheets
around the furled sail many
times, so you can secure it when prepping for a hurricane
Good Advice; Better would be that she take that headsail (& everything else topsides that can "move, bend or is cloth") and get it below decks.
Seriously Patty, Hud had good advice; the best is that You have the boat hauled, moved as far inland as possible (in the boatyard) and set on stands...if You have insurance
they'll usually pay half that fee or more (some pay it ALL; it's CHEAP
"insurance" also if You have none) while asking the yard to secure it To The Ground(no kidding). If "Bill" or any of our other now wide open hurricane season tropical events
decide to head
Your way, move early...make arrangements "now", in advance and go to the local yardmaster & give them a deposit to guarantee attention when the time is "right"(albeit 'wrong')as a thousand other things will be important then, and a thousand other "bigger" boats will be in front of You, and the mind of the yardmaster. They only have so much space, and stands, and TIME.
*Be SURE to REMOVE the sending Unit for depth sounder
meter, or if You had neither, open the seacock (valve thru the hull) under the galley
sink and REMOVE THE HOSE FROM THE SINK TO IT, THEN OPEN THAT VALVE! Until You've experienced 38" of rain in 6 hours, well, no one can imagine that much rain. Your cockpit
scuppers(drains) often get clogged from blowing trash/debris and Your cockpit
fills like a big funnel dumping the water
in to the interior
of the boat. KNOWING It Can and Will get water
in there and already having a "Drain" open for it to run right back out
prevents any castrophes.*
Anybody on the Gulf Coast
, Southeast Coast will tell You this was excellent advice; he(or she) who hesitates...loses everything
. You'll sleep better while that rain and wind pounds the roof and windows at the house (hopefully inland) as well.
Glad Your problems both
worked out...I'd still have a knowledgeable person lay their eyeballs on that masthead and sheaves before leaving sight of land. Ideally connect with someone else locally who Owns a Similar Hunter
27 and buy them Lunch for a afternoon of "education". Most folks would be glad to share their knowledge...best "lunchmoney" You'll spend this year!
From now until the end of November...Keep an eye on the Weather
Underground, or NOAA (last 2 online only) at least TWICE a day. Claudette is a classic example of how things can change in 12 hours (even in New Jersey).