II have survived 2 hurricanes on my 35' sloop
. First on was in Block Island RI, when Hurricane Bob went over the island. We had 135 mph winds.
I anchored the boat
away from the other 175 or so boats, in 20' of water
, with 3 anchors. 35 # plow, 30# or so Danforth copy, and a 22S danforth. About 200' of rode
and 20-30 feet of chain on each. Vinyl tubeing chafe protection.
We got off the boat and went to a shelter. After it was over 50+ boats were on the beaches, with MAJOR damage, and 5 or so boats were missing? A big problem was a boat on a mooring
would break loose and it's anchor
on the bow, would snag anothers shrouds, and take the mast
down, after banging together for a while.
My boat survived without a scratch. The anchor which was facing the 135 mph winds was the 22S danforth, a $30 anchor. Go figure. And when it came to get it up, I didn't even need to winch
it up. ???
The next year in Marathon FL, in the Keys, Hurricane Andrew was heading my way. I went up the SW coast to the Little Shark river and tied to the mangroves, and set 3 anchors in the river. The anchors dragged, but I picked the right side of the river and the boat just got scratched up by the mangroves. I couldn't get 1 anchor up after it was over, and tied it to a stern cleat and dulled and pulled, then the line (5/*" 3 strand" snapped with wwhat souynded like a 44 mag going off!
After it over and the CG radioed the boaters to see if all was well, they said 10 miles from us, "it looked like a vacuum cleaner went thru the Everglades"
I think we got about 160 - 175 mph winds. It sucked.
Oh, marathon got about 35 mph winds!!!
My boat has been on the hard
in my back yard for 4 years, and I tie it
to a couple of screw anchors and a tree, and Pray. I think it has grown roots and should be OK!