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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.

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No, I’m not referring to recent protests happening in the PRoB (People’s Republic of Berkeley). Yet another reason I am glad I don’t live there anymore.

I have a weather app on my phone that has issued 13 warnings for me in the last week. No matter what day it was, AccuWeather really wanted me to know what was going to happen between Wednesday evening into Thursday evening. I had no idea what the big dealio was until I actually read through the red (!) (!) (!) notifications.

WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH LOCAL GUSTS AROUND 50 MPH FOR URBAN LOCATIONS WINDS OF 30 TO 50 MPH WITH LOCAL GUSTS GREATER THAN 80 MPH

IMPACTS: WIDESPREAD DOWNED TREES…FALLING POWER LINES CREATING THE POTENTIAL FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE…

Aaah, ok. Another storm. No big deal, right? We’ve had 50 MPH gusts through the area in the last three years. Right guys?? No? Oh… Oh dear.

I’ve become increasingly frustrated with my porthole situation. Every day I get a little more defeated. Today I was going to finish the portholes on the starboard side, but guess what? The screws I removed from the frames won’t go back in. (Some keep spinning, or others won’t go in all the way. Many broke off when attempting to remove them.) Because there was Sikaflex everywhere, I didn’t want to start drilling/picking out the rot/epoxying/drill another hole. OK fine, boat. You win. You will have no starboard portholes this week.

The frames with the new glass are ready to be put back on, although I still need the gaskets. I was trying to get this done before stormageddon, which initially I thought was just going to be a couple of days of rain. But with 50 MPH gusts? How the heck are my tarps going to stay on and keep the water out?!?! That’s my real dilemma. I borrowed weights from a neighbor and will spend tomorrow gearing up for a low grade hurricane.

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To blow off some steam, I took the dogs for a long walk and took some photos of the beautiful sunset. I explored a new area I handn’t been to yet and met another guy walking his dog. I asked if there was a beach nearby where the dogs could run around. He led me to this hidden paradise! Le sigh. I lost my boat battle this week, but when all else fails I still have this. If anyone has any tips for gearing up for a storm, I’d love to hear it!

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