Lived aboard so stayed aboard for two tropical depressions/ex hurricanes in Norfolk. The first time was on a mooring and nearly lost the boat trying to adjust the mooring line. Strain was so great that only a fluke kept the line from pulling though my hands once I'd loosened the line from the cleat. Got one hell of a rope
burn and what seemed like hours in torrential rain and wind
on the foredeck hanging on to the line before a lull allowed me to secure it.
Second time was in a slip with fixed walkways. Boats rolled so badly during the night the masts began banging into the boat's mast
next door. Wasn't a thing I could do so decided to leave the boat. Unfortunately the storm surge was so high the docks were underwater and I couldn't see to get off. With the boat rolling so badly and unknown depth
over the dock
, was afraid I could crush a leg if I mistimed or misjudged a jump to the dock
Have decided to secure the boat as best as possible before the weather
hits, make sure the insurance
is paid up and ride the storm out ashore. It's not worth risking my life for the boat especially when it's doubtful that anything I could do, after the fact, would help.