Originally Posted by salty_dog_68
Glad to hear you and the boat are okay. Did you ride out the storm on the boat at a mooring
Yes, went through Mathew on the boat. Got the last flight from NY (had to interrupt a visit to see my granddaughter) to Jacksonville
and got to the boat Thursday evening. Had seriously imposed on a couple of friends who earlier that day went to the boat, stripped off the sails
and everything else on the deck
and tripled up the lines.
I was really debating whether to stay on the mooring or go across the river and anchor
. The moorings are on the west bank of the river and the worst winds were expected from the E and NE. I always trust my own anchor
more than someone else's mooring but considering a number of factors (including assurances from the yard that the moorings were solid and were just inspected late last fall) I decided to stay on the mooring.
When I got the marina there were 21-22 boats in the mooring field. This morning there were 8, including me. At least half of the boats obviously had done NOTHING to prepare. Of those that did prep only one or two I saw took the sails
down. Several still had biminis and one had a full awning up. At least half the boats had a single
line to the mooring ball.
So I think most of the boats that dragged or broke free could have prevented it with a little storm prep. One right next to me the owner did come out and triple his lines but left the roller furling jib
up and the main on the boom. At the peak of the storm he towed a 1000 lb concrete block across the harbor until the boat came up against the pier. I have thought a lot about that one. Did the windage from the sails make enough difference that he dragged and I didn't? Was his boat that much heavier and the mooring couldn't hold? Shorter pendant so it broke the suction of the block in the mud? Or was he just unlucky and I was lucky?
One boat on the outer edge of the field chafed through the line (just one) and sailed right through the middle of the moorings. For a minute it was headed straight towards me but a gust caught it and it sailed about 20' across my bow. That one joined a bunch of 7-8 boats that had blown into a corner of the yard in front of the travel lift
. The rest ended up against the pier.
The last boat that broke the lines hit me right on the bow but bounced off my 65 lb Mantus
(Mantus won that bout hands down. Yea Mantus
.) and left a couple of dings on my toe rail. Of course it hit exactly the spot where I just spliced in a new piece of teak
to repair damage that the PO did in a nor'easter.
Only one boat sunk, the last one in the pileup at the haulout slip. Since all I could see was the mast
don't know what did it but the boat in front had a long sugar scoop transom that could have punctured the bow.
The worst damage came when the max winds passed but shifted from E and NE to N and NW. That gave a 6-7 mile fetch up the river vs 2 mile fetch across the river. I thought the pier to the north would block the waves and it probably did a little but not enough. +/- 2' chop and high winds caused all the boats to grind against the pilings on the pier or the other boats in the pile and ate through the hulls like balsa wood. Every boat I saw had pretty serious damage on that side.
Other than the minor scrape I had two problems. Lost
one oar and nicked my hand pushing off the boat that hit me and had to get a bandaid.
One good thing did come of this. I now know where EVERY SINGLE