Originally Posted by chris mac
So first you like to be rude about sailorboy 1's lifestyle, and then you are bragging about betting on other people's boats being trashed!!!
sailor boy, some of us appreciate it!
Actually, you would be surprised at how much you can learn about anchoring
while watching anchored boats during a hurricane
. (the situation: sailors drinking, no power, at apartment 150' from the Bayou, (with the water
10' from the first floor apartment's doors) Cat 1 hurricane
, giving opinions/betting on which boats would come off anchor
first and hit the low bridge just 50 yards downwind, then have their masts knocked off and go under the bridge)
I think we did this at least two-three times between 1995-2004 during hurricanes.
Some of the old salt
full keel monohull
cruisers were giving detailed accounts on each sailor's attempt at anchoring
for the storm.
There were the one's that spent lots of time setting out 2 or 3 anchors then there were those that spent about 10 minutes placing their boat
too close to the ones that were anchored properly, dropping a little anchor
and with very little scope
, then rushing back to shore before getting too wet
I was a beach cat racer
at the time in Beach Cat Heaven (Florida Gulf Coast) and this information was very interesting. I had never seen boats at anchor during a hurricane let alone know how to go about it. I had anchored for years but not during winds of 75 plus
CF is great for learning
about sailing but when you see a nice sailboat come off anchor and start slamming into a bridge, you remember it
My boats were on trailers 150 yards inland! (safe!?)
I used to hang out with the old (ancient) full keel monohull
guys because they had tons of experience and they got a kick out of how well our high tech beach cats could point and sail in and out between the marinas
(and tacking in that tight space) no matter what the wind
was doing (we could lower our daggerboards as soon as we hit 3'-4')
Btw, slips were $50.00/month back then if you lived in the apartment complex. I was able to keep two beach cats tied down just above high water
for free as long as I lived there. (this in Pensacola
, FL before Hurricane Ivan in 2004 which changed everything)
The water level in the first floor apartments was around 7' during Ivan in 2004 at this complex