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preparing for stormageddon: part 2

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After reassessing the situation up on deck and some input from boat-friends, I’ve come up with a solution for tonights upcoming stormageddon.

1. I straightened out the tarps and repositioned the weights to be able to handle S, SE winds. 40 knots are projected, which is a lot.

2. I moved every loose and not-heavy-not-holding-anything-down object inside, except the propane tanks for the BBQ. Those are in a corner in the cockpit and should be safe.

3. I tightened the halyards and dock lines. The halyards are nowhere near the mast and there shouldn’t be any blood-curdling noise of line-slapping. Not from my boat anyways!

4. I washed the boat down.

“You washed the boat down?” you asked? Yes, I washed it. I did this for a few reasons.

First, as I was repositioning the tarps I was emptying out puddles of water everywhere. I thought this was a good idea until some light breezes came by and lifted the tarps up. I didn’t even think about it: the weight of the water keeps the tarp down! As a side note, my tarps are brown and the marina only allows silver tarps. I didn’t know this, so I am trying to be as inconspicuous as possible. Because of this, I have the tarps directly on the deck, not hanging over the boom or lifelines.

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Second, I washed the boat down because I had done some work yesterday on the porthole and there was crud everywhere that sweeping up wasn’t getting up.

Third, I have two very hairy dogs and I’ve found that their hair will collect in the cockpit and clog the scuppers (drains), thus preventing water flow to leave the boat.

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We’re all ready for stormageddon! I know there’s no freaking way I’m sleeping tonight (storms = loud), so I’m going to try taking a nap while I can.