Nahh, bridge openings are not the problem in this particular cane in st marteen, lots of folks get caught off guard, thinking in something around 40 or max 50 knts tropical storm forcewinds or a weak cat 1 passing by the south, at least this is what i think about the fleet in marigot, they maybe think is going to pass south as a tropical storm, but it pass north of us with a NE,N,W,SW, wind
sift ,leaving marigot like a nightmare leeshore , in Oyster
pond chárter boats brooke free from moorings , i count 3 in the rocks , 3 more beached and 4 sunk it, in Grand Case i cant imagine why there is 3 more visible boats beached , a nice C&c
I live in St marteen, i be in 3 other previous canes and with luck and preparation my boat is in one piece, early days here in the island i get used to be until august in the wáter and haul out
for sept, oct, nov, others seasons full summer in the wáter, risky, to me the best aproach to deal with a hurricane season if you are a cruiser sailing here and there is to be out of the box, if you dont have insurance
and your boat is your home stay south, be in the wáter is a risk to loose everything, hurricane moorings despite Markj experience are just this , good if you dont have a boat dragging on top of you, haul out
for me is the best solution, no mast
up , straps to ground, and plenty of jackstands, and if is posible with no boats around you, but my case is diferent, i have insurance
and my boat is not something like my home , i can afford loose it and keep going, seems to me many dont learn nothing about previous canes in the island,
Luis, Hugo, Lenny....
Sail away with plenty of time can be a option , 4 days in advance , this is like pull up your anchor
right now and dont waste a second, less is risky, engine
breakdowns or other problems can put your butt in a nasty place, again, stay south....Regards..