Well--when Hurricane Yasi Cat 5 struck just south of Tully I was in Innisfail.
I took my Trimaran
into a Mangrove creek prior to the storm, removed and stowed sails
, anchored fore and aft and pulled myself towards the mangroves with nylon warps fore. aft and amidships. I also anchored another short lead with kellet amidships on a bridle
to the genoa
winches and bow cleats--locked up all ventilators, turned on all automatic bilge
pumps and got to heck out of there. I had made all as secure as I could. While I was thus employed the police and coast guard arrived and asked "What steps are you taking?"
AT LAST I got the chance to say "Bloody BIG ones".
We came back ten days later to witness the dreadful damage to the Marina and the boats at Cardwell--and fully expected to see the masts only sticking out of the water
The boat was fine, a small bit of paint
scraped off the stern--but the masthead anemometer told me the maximum wind
gusts had exceeded 150KNots--after which they had stopped working.
The batteries were completely flat0--the boat was covered in debris--the wing-deck cockpit
drains had blocked and the water
had gone under the doors to below decks--hence the flat batteries.
Boat was dry though--bilge pumps had handled it.
Just behind where my boat was snugged away another vessel had sheltered.
"How was it?" I asked then guy.
"Bloody terrifying--I nearly took off into the Mangroves at about 1am--I was sure it was going to flood."
It was Cat 4 when it hit Innisfail--or the part of it that hit us--I would not wish to see what a Cat 5 would do--and I was sheltered so we only ever got the strong wind
from two directions, ahead and astern. Thees sheltered us on the starboard side and a hill behind sheltered the port
The greatest danger
to the vessel was fallen floating timbers which fouled the anchors. Fortunately they held--and fortunately the trees came free of the hulls.
Would I stay aboard in a biggie?