Originally Posted by Jonesee
A buddy of mine ran a marina down in the Florida keys
. I asked him about some of the lack of preparation. He told there are 3 types of boat owners:
1: Yacht owners with boats too large to be put on the hard. Their crew take them to sea and open water
as soon as they have a bearing on the storm.
2: Small boat owners who have their boats hauled and put on the hard or put them on trailers and head
out with them.
3: Owners with insurance that are tired of their boat. Those boats don't get moved...
I laughed but he said it really was true. He pointed out the the most endangered boat in the marina is one that is insured and has had a for sale
sign on it.
This is not entirely accurate. I know you didnt mean to generalize about cane victims, but I took this opportunity anyway just to clear some misperceptions.
A lot of us had insurance, but many of us had no alternative other than secure our boats as best possible.
Never do we know for sure where the cane is gonna make landfall until just a few hours before it happens.I spent two days getting my boat secured and stripped. Then, it would have taken me 3 hours to get to the nearest boat lift
, and wait in a long line for limited yard space that I had no chance of getting.
Its a 9-10 hour trip for me just to get across Galveston Bay to get out to the gulf, and then, what direction should I go? Ike was almost 600 miles across and impacted an area 300 miles on either side of Galveston; that would take days to clear in a sailboat.
Considering that I also had a house to secure (round trip drive to the boat is 2 1/2 hours) and then the evacuation traffic is unreal. It has taken many as much as 20 hours to drive a distance that normally takes 45 minutes.
Its impossible to properly react to each hurricane
warning, and happily, most are false alarms.
Most of the boat damage at my marina was a result of the surge washing
the floating dock
off its pilings; and yeah, we did have a few turkeys who left their canvass up and rinky dink dock
But stop and consider.....MAN WE BE TAWKIN OUR BOATS!!!
Is there many things closer to our hearts!? Can you happily give up your boat and walk away? haha I dont insure my boat for profit, I insure my boat so I can keep it. Most of us were frantic waiting for the news of our boats.
And in my "Lessons Learned", other than being at a floating dock
with higher pilings, I wouldnt do much different than what I did.
I love my boat.