Hurricane Irma: Before and After
Watch episode 76 here!
In this post, we make storm preparations to our boat for the impending arrival of hurricane IRMA.
Yes, for the 10 days prior to this somewhat spontaneous trip, we watched the weather reports very closely indeed. We saw the birth of this monster storm off the West Coast of Africa. We saw it devastate the windward islands, the DR, Puerto Rico, and skim across the top end of Cuba. The whole time we were hoping that it take a turn to starboard and head back out to sea.
That never happened.
We packed the car and headed to Florida. The whole way down we watched the Northbound traffic rushing in the opposite direction… an unnerving thing to see or sure. 95% of the traffic is headed in the direction opposite of the way you are headed.
We arrive at the boat with specific plans to prep the boat and leave again the very next day. In fact, we bring enough gasoline with us in the car to get us safely back home, round trip – just in case all the gas station are sold out… a preparation that paid off. Most of the gasoline pumps in FL had plastic bags over the handles.
So in less than 48 hours we arrive in Green Cove, prep the boat, and make it back to Toccoa, GA.
Watch episode 77 here!
So, Hurricane Irma damaged our Endeavour 32 sailboat. The storm blew our boat against the dock, breaking the standing rigging.
The wind was so powerful that it healed the boat over nearly 45 degrees towards the dock – so much that the shrouds were touching the dock.
The damage we sustained was a battered port side toe rail, a couple bent stanchions, and a damaged forward/port lower shroud.
In this video I’ll repair the toe rail, and I’ll show you the damage to the standing rigging.
Now, thanks to Irma, I have 2 more rather large projects to on our to-do list. 1) Repair the standing rigging. 2) Reseal the interior of our water tank. (More on that later)
Never dull moment, that’s for sure. The primary take-away from this video should be this… Yes, our beloved boat is damaged, but we’re thankful to still have a boat to work on – damage and all. A lot of people suffered much more than we did.
After all, bruises and scars add character right??