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HURRICANES: Don's stories, experience and advice

LAYING UP AFLOAT IN A MARINA OR STAYING IN A MARINA IN A HURRICANE

First of all look at the frequency that hurricane have hit the various yachting centers where there are marinas of any size that make leaving a boat there is a possibility. The below figures based on NOAA hurricane tracks since 1975 when yachting in the eastern Caribbean started taking off  Read More 

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HURRICANES: PROPERLY LAYING UP ASHORE

To properly lay up a boat for hurricane season is a job that must be done by owner, his captain, a very trusted friend or be done under the supervision by local surveyor.

Screw jacks or fabricated cradle? Fabricated cradles are seldom designed and built for a specific boat so the arms seldom match  Read More 

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HURRICANES: DON STREET’S ADVISE FOLLOW IT!

pressure plotted against windspeed
If leaving a boat on a hurricane mooring read Street's advise very carefully. Remember wind pressure goes up with the SQUARE of the velocity.

As noted in the introduction, Don Street because of his age 89, and experience with hurricanes on the east coast of the states and Caribbean, he knows more about hurricane tracks as they approach the Caribbean, and their effect on the yachting industry, than any other sailor or yachting author in the world. Read what  Read More 

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HURRICANES: BOATS IN THE WATER IN COMMISSION

A survey of the tracks of all the hurricanes since 1851, that have started as lows in the region of the Cape Verdes, as long as they stay below 19N they track westwards never altering course more than 5 degrees in 24 hours. The alterations of course is almost universally to the north. It the hurricane, tropical  Read More 

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CRUISING DURING HURRICANE SEASON

In my first hard covered Guide (first guide Yachtsman’s Guide to the Virgin islands 1964 was privately printed on a hand powered ereneo to the English mimeograph to Americans 1963) Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles l966 (reprinted facsimile editions now available thru iUniverse .com, Amazon and Imray,a wonderful bit of nostalgia, the Caribbean  Read More 

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HURRICANE HOLES

Ever since 1975 when yachting in the Caribbean really took off, for 45 years I have been reading about, and personally being told about the disasters that happened in the so called hurricane holes. Every time a hurricane come thru the islands of the eastern Caribbean boats flock to the so called hurricane holes and disaster  Read More 

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LAYING UP ASHORE PICK AREA AND YARD CAREFULLY

The western part of Hurricane Hurricane Alley Anegada west to Eastern Puerto Rico is well named as since the area really started booming with yachts about 1975 , the area has been hit 8 times, with hurricanes 75, two in 79, 84 Klaus, 89 Hugo, 95 and twice in 2017 by Harvey and Jose plus another half dozen times by tropical storm. One  Read More 

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LAYING UP ON A HURRICANE MOORING DURING HURRICANE SEASON OR SURVIVING A HURRICANE AT ANCHOR

This is not a good idea as is illustrated by my loss of L’ll Iolaire in hurricane Ivan in Grenada in 2004. Like most sailors I felt that Grenada that had only been hit by two hurricanes, one in 1955 and in 2004 was basically south of the hurricane area. Every summer starting in 1996 we laid  Read More 

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TROPICAL HURRICANES THEIR TRACKS DAMAGE DONE AND INTERNAL TORNADOES

Tropical hurricanes start as a low pressure wave in the region of the Cape Verde islands. Some lows pick up a circular motion and are almost immediately noted by NOAA satellite and given a name. They are then carefully tracked by NOAA/hurricanes with the positions given every six hours.

Tropical depression , have winds  Read More 

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