I read an insurance
aftermath report done after the 2004 hurricanes which devasted parts
, During hurricane
Francis and Hurricane Jeanne not one boat anchored at ground zero in a hurricane in the Florida ICW
survived without damage. Either anchors pulled out or the rodes parted. The rodes parted not only because of the immense force of the winds, but because of wind
driven waves as well. The anchors pulled out because of the 180 degree wind
shift of hurricane force winds, and failed to reset properly, not because they were bad anchors. All types of anchors failed.
As a result of this report the State of Florida has printed a new hurricane prepardness brochure for boater which they distribute free of charge. In this brochure, they recommend finding a canal to run your boat into and tying it to shore, much as Schoonerdog described.
Here in Central Florida where we receive 'glancing blows', we are ordered to evacuate our marina. We anchor in The ICW
on the eastern shore to reduce fetch (smaller wind driven waves). I use a 3 anchor set in a 120 degree pattern with 3/4 inch 3 strand securing the anchors to a central point by shackle and then from that point onto my bowcleats, and then run to my cockpit
winches. We have tried many types of chafe protection. What seems to work best is "fire hose" material with the neopreme removed or plain old blue jean material, ripped to length and attached to the boat or sewn directly onto the rode
at the cleat. It's important that the chafe protection breathes and allows water
in to cool the lines, if not, they melt.
By far, the most common type of damage isn't by our method of preparing for the storm. Invariably, it's someone elses boat which breaks loose and comes careening thru an anchorage, slamming into boats. One of my friends lost
his beautiful Down Easter that way.
Unfortunately, I have a nice collection of photos of hurricane damaged boats from recent storms. I force myself to look at them when it's time to by new 3/4 inch line. (sigh)
Rick in Florida