Originally Posted by NoTies
Can I respectfully ask how many posters in this thread have actually been through a hurricane/cyclone/typhoon at sea.(I know at least two that have) All the rest are not capable or qualified of giving any advice at all on a topic that may well cost a life. God save the brave from internet
I've been through 3 at sea. First one was on a 390 foot WWII Destroyer in '63 in the Formosa
Straits. It caught us with only a few hours warning. It was pretty shallow water so the waves were steep and at closer intervals than if we'd been in much deeper water. Of the 3 that was the worst. It tore away lifelines
and boat davits
and one of the ships in our squadron lost
its stack. That was serious.
The other two were storms we knew were coming and we got underway on a 550 foot Cruiser to escape damage to the piers and ship in port. Still very rough but we were in deeper water off the coast of Virginia out of Norfolk. Often we were weightless and walking at nearly a 45 degree angle, hanging on wherever we could get a handhold. Even for seasoned sailors it is a fearful time.
Nowadays if you watch your weather
forecasts you can be tied up securely in port when such storms come through. You never ever want to be in a full storm or a hurricane while you are at sea. Even in ships it is not fun.
With sailing vessels I take no chances of bad weather
and watch the forecasts religiously prior to getting underway.