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Old 22-10-2012, 18:49   #1
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Interesting article, stormy weather

Interesting article in this month's Cruising World Mag. (Hands on Sailor) regarding a sudden short storm blowing into the La Cruz Mexico anchorage. ( a while back) What's interesting is they give the account of 5 or 6 boats, their experience, what worked etc. Things like double 1/2" snubbers snapping etc etc., pretty short and to the point article. One boat was on it's side on the rocks with it's motor running, readying for abandonment when the seas lifter her and the wind temporarily subsided enough for her to motor off the beach!
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Re: Interesting article, stormy weather

Imagine being in that situation, then suddenly you are off the beach and underway.

I wonder if they did much damage to the boat while it was on the rocks.

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Re: Interesting article, stormy weather

45 minutes of sustained 75 knot winds with gusts to 92. Gone in one hour!
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Re: Interesting article, stormy weather

re-reading it.... apparantly the boat was laying on it's side from the wind and wave force, and banging on the rocks with each wave. No coment on the end resulting damage. It was a Maple Leaf 42 I think.
Evidently some boats were knocked down, spreaders in the water from the wind force.. with no sail up!
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Re: Interesting article, stormy weather

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Evidently some boats were knocked down, spreaders in the water from the wind force.. with no sail up!
Sounds like a microburst.
We had one close to us about a year ago, fortunately very localised, so did not effect us much.
It flipped a cruising catamaran at anchor with no sail up. That's a strong wind
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Re: Interesting article, stormy weather

We had a microburst here Labor Day weekend.

One boat sunk, 5 others that were on mooring balls broke free and were beached. One on a mooring ball had chained his boat to the ball. The winds drug the boat and ball with concrete anchor attached up on the beach.

Since there was no way to get equipment near where the boats were beached, all had to be dragged back into the water.

Boats in the slips did better, but not much. Several broke dock lines, on hit the head of the slip so hard it broke the concrete, he also lost his hatch mounted A/C over the side and most of his rub rail as well.
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