during patricia, last year, i was perfectly comfortable dodging flying stuff inside my boat. unfortunately i was beam to winds. i would have been perfectly fine had my bow been into winds.
i was grabbed out of my boat, with cat, to a hotel
room during first half of the storm.
despite the fact that the shower
was lovely an the room was mas o menos safe-ish, i was safer in my boat than with exploding glass around me as we tried to walk thru high winds to a damaged and flooded hotel
as that is still the most intense cane ever formed on planet, i can say with authority to use your own judgement in this.
i prefer to remain aboard to manage bits as they occur.
the other hand, as storm was quite intense with 200 mph winds and gusts to 250+ mph, use your own judgement.
if you are beam to wind
in a marina, get the f** outta your boat, if you did not have foresight to relocate to a bow into wind situation. that makes all the difference.
btdt with tropical storms, and lesser canes.
in the mangroves, one boat sank and one went walkabout during the most intense part of the action.
use your own gut feelings.
if you are on anchor
in a named event, find mangroves. it is safer there than in the flow of stuff coming at you downriver.
the worst stuff to watch out for is not the wind, but what is being carried on the wind. also the stuff flowing in the river coming at you. surge is also a huge issue.
we were fortunate to be in a true hurricane hole, created with this in mind. no surge--wind opposed the flow and kept it to a minimum.
i was fortunate to have only lost
use of mizzen mast--and the wind genny on its masthead. also a mahogany boarding ladder, mashed with the knockdown onto dock
when the winds were extreme. we were fortunate to have not had more damages
btw--water will pour into your boat via your freshly rebedded deckware, portholes and hatches, mebbe even your hull
connection. be ready.
my neighbor did not remove his foresails and lost one to wind. he remained in boat during brunt of storm and told me what it looked like as my mizzen twistoflexed itself to death.
patricia was categorized as a 5 but felt like a 7.