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Old 07-05-2021, 21:59   #1
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Hurricane Season haul out in FL or GA?

We are taking delivery of a 66" sailboat in Port Everglades in early June. We need to get rigging work done and teak decks done (2mos-4mos project) and we're trying to determine whether we should pull her out at CrackerBoy in Riviera Beach Florida or do we take her north 30 degrees to Brunswick Landing Marina.

We believe we've secured insurance with a painful deductible either way.

We have no experience being in the region during hurricane season, much less having a boat up on the hard during this time. Welcome any thoughts/advice; especially if you have experience in the summer months in either location.
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Re: Hurricane Season haul out in FL or GA?

You can get nailed anywhere from Texas to New York (Remember Sandy?). Hurricane season is also peak sailing season. But... A boat that size taken up one of the rivers when a hurricane approaches is relatively safe, because it is out of the wave area, away from the peak winds, and only really needs to deal with surge. For example, our boat was a mile above Carrabelle harbor at our dock during Michael. She went 9 1/2 feet up, 9 1/2 feet down, and not a scratch. The only damage was water in the radar dome.

If you are not going to be able to tend the boat, then consider dockage that is up river and tie her securely. Your boat can take damage from other boats that break loose, but you really can't protect against all possiblke risks. That'll cover most scenarios.
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I'm not sure that Brunswick Landing Marina has berths large enough for a 66' boat. Also, they are widely known as a "hurricane hole" marina, and the demand for berths in Aug/Sept/Oct is likely very high. If you want to keep your boat there, you should probably try to make arrangements ASAP.
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Re: Hurricane Season haul out in FL or GA?

Brunswick Landing is a good place to be .. but it sounds like the deciding factor is: where can you get the work done?
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Re: Hurricane Season haul out in FL or GA?

Thank you! We are looking to haul her out, not leave her in the dock at that time.
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I'm not sure that Brunswick Landing Marina has berths large enough for a 66' boat. Also, they are widely known as a "hurricane hole" marina, and the demand for berths in Aug/Sept/Oct is likely very high. If you want to keep your boat there, you should probably try to make arrangements ASAP.
$$$ and security issues..we would not recommend BLM
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Re: Hurricane Season haul out in FL or GA?

BLM is a terrible choice imo. All you will do is spend at least an extra 20% surcharge location for anything done on the boat by any contractor you may need. If going in that direction I would consider St Marys GA.

Can a 66' sailboat get to Crackerboy without taking the mast down first????
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Re: Hurricane Season haul out in FL or GA?

Google Tiger Point Marina and give them a call. I think they can haul it (I know there's a 60 something foot Macgregor there). I've had both my boats hauled and stored there and found them to be very fair. They specialize in hurricane preparedness for vessels on the hard. They are just inside St Mary's inlet which is easily navigable, just mind the current. And close to the charming town of Fernandina Beach. I have no financial interest there, just fond memories.

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BLM is a terrible choice imo. All you will do is spend at least an extra 20% surcharge location for anything done on the boat by any contractor you may need. If going in that direction I would consider St Marys GA.

Can a 66' sailboat get to Crackerboy without taking the mast down first????
Agree with the recommendation of St Marys, GA. The St. Marys Boat Services yard is reasonable and allows DIY. I actually go there every two weeks for a few minutes checking on a friends sailboat.
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Crackerboy's Ft. Pierce location is a straight shot in through Ft. Pierce inlet from the Atlantic.
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Re: Hurricane Season haul out in FL or GA?

There is also Thunderbolt in Savanna Ga. Why leave Ft. Lauderdale?
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Re: Hurricane Season haul out in FL or GA?

We are having a Niña this year, so less likely to have any meaningful hurricane activity around South Florida. In La Niña years cat 1 or cat2 in this per of Fl.
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We are having a Niña this year, so less likely to have any meaningful hurricane activity around South Florida. In La Niña years cat 1 or cat2 in this per of Fl.
Colorado State University hurricane researchers are predicting 17 named storms this season, eight hurricanes, and four major (Cat 3+) hurricanes.
The likely absence of El Nino is a primary factor for the above-average activity. El Nino typically causes fewer hurricanes to develop, largely due to more vertical wind shear, which tears tropical systems apart. The atmosphere is also typically more stable during El Nino patterns.
https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...ml#post3399642


The latest forecasts from the WMO Global Producing Centers of Long-Range Forecasts indicate a moderate likelihood (65%) that the La Niña event will continue into February-April. The odds shift rapidly thereafter, indicating a 70% chance that the tropical Pacific will return to ENSO-neutral conditions by the April-June 2021 season. The outlook for the second half of the year is currently uncertain.
https://public.wmo.int/en/our-mandat...%C3%B1a-update
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Re: Hurricane Season haul out in FL or GA?

I would stay away from Crackertraz (also known as Crackerboy) unless you like to be treated poorly and robbed at the same time.
Going north to Georgia would be my choice. Hurricanes can go up all the way to NY (as we’ve experienced) but insurance wise and statistically, you’re better off north of FL.
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I would stay away from Crackertraz (also known as Crackerboy) unless you like to be treated poorly and robbed at the same time.
Going north to Georgia would be my choice. Hurricanes can go up all the way to NY (as we’ve experienced) but insurance wise and statistically, you’re better off north of FL.
Hey Atracia, your profile says you have a Sundeer 64 like we do... but the picture suggests otherwise?
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Colorado State University hurricane researchers are predicting 17 named storms this season, eight hurricanes, and four major (Cat 3+) hurricanes...
But to be fair Gord, that's one of the spring predictions when the meteorologists have only rolled dice, drawn straws and cut cards; the guesses predictions that they make around June after tossing the coins and playing paper-rock-scissors are usually a better guide.
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