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Old 04-10-2016, 11:31   #16
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Re: Dinghy in davits during hurricane

Sounds as if you are planning on staying aboard during the blow. BAD IDEA!!! Remove all windage you can. Especially sails and dingy. Go far inland and rent hotel room. There will be nothing you can do during the blow. Remember you may do everything correctly to prepare but those other boats that do not can sink yours.

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Re: Dinghy in davits during hurricane

Is there an extra charge for securing the dinghy? Is there an extra charge for not securing it? Maybe not but there could be a big one.

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Re: Dinghy in davits during hurricane

you mentioned prep for 100kts / we had 100kts in the pioneer river for a short while during a cyclone ului near miss / large ships hatches , small trees and just about anything that could be up rooted, torn off and blown away did just that / the flying debris then damaged power lines , trees , buildings and small chips and dings on this boat from flying coconuts and small pieces of unknown debris / we were blown backwards in the river with pieces of flapping debris and junk built up in the rigging increasing windage luckily managed to secure the boat behind a building over hanging the river / then the situation worsened / the flood came down the river while the wind was still blowing in the opposite direction / we survived but needed help from local marine and safety officers to extract the boat away from the over hanging building due to flood debris built up on the hull. that is a brief summary / in a marina if you remove everything that's likely to tear off and blow away and stow it below deck / you reduce your losses and your torn away equipment doesn't become debris damage for someone else / remove sails and stow below / ask the marina manager if they have a stowage area to store your dinghy / if you leave it in the water being heavy from rain it may hammer against the hull or flip over against the boat increasing windage / deflated tubes and upside down on the foredeck very strongly tied down may be an option / my first mate weighs 65kg wind above 80kts I have to put her below deck as well or the wind picks her up / best to do a lot of preparation not needed then realise too late that it is needed / good luck hopefully the storm will be kind to you
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Re: Dinghy in davits during hurricane

Uncivilised said it, essentially, just do the maths! Windage is the danger, more area, more pain.
Add to this, if the dinghy is in davits, there is the issue of leverage. Not unlikely that the davits can be ripped-out in the extreme.
I would deflate the dinghy and lash it upside down on deck so it is secure.
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Re: Dinghy in davits during hurricane

Take everything you can off the deck, including the dinghy, sails, etc. A few days of discomfort in a cramped boat is a small price to pay for better security.

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Re: Dinghy in davits during hurricane


DO NOT, as Delancey said, leave the boat with her stern to the wind. Do remove the dinghy from the davits. Remove everything from the dinghy, and either lash on deck, or fill with water and secure it fore and aft athwart the stern as low as possible, so the wind can't get under it and flip it. It will then be in the lee of the boat, and may safely make it through. Stow the engine below, or possibly in the lazarette, if it will fit.

Remove ALL canvas, and sails.

Triple up on the dock lines, and have some go to piles. Are your cleats through bolted? Ones that are not are more likely to get pulled out. Use chafe gear on the cleats, flip-flops are used for this some places, but the concept is to use chafe gear at all the chafe points.

Double or triple the number of fenders, if you're not in a double fingered slip. They sometimes pop, they also, sometimes pop out from between you and the dock.

If you have roller furler foils, stabilize them.

Make sure your cockpit drains are clear.

Make sure your automatic bilge pump strainer is clean, and the hose clear, power on. You'd be surprised how much water comes in through the mast to wherever your boat has it drain to. (Ours goes to the shower sump, and its automatic bilge pump). That water, which will come in, needs to be able to leave.

If you prepare for the worst, then there's no more you can do, except, if you stay with the boat, some of the time, you will be able to help yours, and also, perhaps, others, whose boats threaten yours, or are friends. S/V Shameless did that for the hurricane that hit San Carlos a couple of weeks ago, and made a video of it when it was in the 40 knot range. Google Custom Search for s/v shamelss posts should get you there, if you want to see some of what to expect in the 40 knot range.


Good luck with it.

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