s/y Gusto weathered Irene at Treasure Cay Abaco. Read about their preparations & experience with Irene below:
Gusto at double slip at Treasure Cay Marina (Abaco)—evacuated Wednesday afternoon to small condo near our pier.
Prep included–all lines doubled with fire hose chafing around each line (16 lines in all—to pilings)/ all canvas removed/ halyards to top of mast/wind instruments removed from top of mast/any lines loose wrapped around mast/ halyard shackle wrapped with duck (gorilla) tape/55# Bruce anchor w/150′chain and 100′heavy line deployed from stern/canvas hatch covers off/ solar panels off/ everything off deck/ gorilla tape around solar vent intakes/dorade vents removed-replaced with caps/gorilla tape around deck hatches/ heavy dog down opening ports and put plastic over chart table and under ports and over mattress/staysail boom and mast boom lowered lowered, chafing gear applied, and then tied to deck/turned off all power except 12 volt Engel refrigerator–which worked because our AirBreeze wind generator kept us charged and worked wonderfully. Probably other things I forgot—took two days to do this—–and we’re exhausted!
Took to condo many flashlights- vhf-barometer. Could not find sony allchannel radio we’d bought from you at SSCA—had no communication and really missed a radio.
Wind reported Thursday 120kts. sustained/135 kts. gusts. 90 minute eye. Only damage port bow guide chock for dock line leading to cleat-was torn off, but double line on cleat ok. 13′whaler dinghy full of water (leaves blocked drains)-bailed with trash cans during eye, lest Merc engine get under water—but ok too. Spot [Globalstar's messaging device] was wonderful for letting family know we were ok. Had no communication other than that.
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And this video from Brett Anderson, s/y Liberty, Colonial Beach, VA