Can't really put my finger on the name,but recall
there is a place somewhere between the east side of Okeechobee and the Atlantic side of Fla. where they actually dig a trench to lower your keel
into near ground level and then block your boat. One couldn't get much safer in South Fla. Whis I knew more info, I do recall
reading it somewhere and thinking what a great way to long-term storage in a Cane Zone.
I have lived in Key West
for 30 yrs. - 20 on a sailboat at anchor
, 9 with property and am now back on a boat. As mentioned by Belizesailor, SW Fl. has not been hit hard with direct hits. Andrew wiped out the Homestead, Fl. City as well as Mia. Georges Hit Big Pine hard with storm surge and then Wilma which hit Big Coppitt and Key West
very hard with stoom surge. Most people down here have a hidey-hole somewhere where they run to either up into a canal at a private resident that lets them weather
there and tie off in the middle of the canal. Myself I go into a natural canal surrounded by large matue Mangroves and tie myself off to the mangrove, weathering the storm on my boat so I can adjust my lines as needed.
As with any bad storm it is a crap shoot, as someone who wil be an absentee owner whith no isurance I woud say as inland and as low as you can find. The further inland the less chance of the surge getting you. If the boat is stripped and preped for a cane and the jackstands are chained tightly together and holddowns drilled into the ground with rope
or straps over the boat lead to them you should weather
what we usually get.
Unfortunatly it is a "you buy your ticket, you take your ride" type of thing.
STAY OUT OF CUBA for hurricane protection, they are the South Fl. buffer, and the storms to worry the most about either form in the Gulf and move west, or slide around the south side of Cuba and hook back into south Fl. I track the path of the canes on the net using Cuban Radar
from thier weather stations, don't have the link right now , but will post it later.
Sorry to be so long winded, but one should know that the ones that survive the canes with all in tact have thier "ducks in a row"