Well, it was a lot of work, but we did our best to prepare the boat to give her the best chance of survival. Here is a list of what we did. Hopefully this may help you if you are faced with a similar situation.
- Removed roller furling head sail
- Removed main sail
- Removed boom
- Removed anchor to prevent line chafe
- Re-tightened all window screws
- Checked bilge pump and lever
- Removed solar panel
- Shut down solar controller
- Removed bimini and frame
- Installed 2 new 5/8ths double braided rope
- Secured anti chafing gear in place
- Secured motor battery bank with tie down straps
- Had a beer with a neighbor that is crazy enough to stay with his boat through the storm
- Removed dinghy, scraped the bottom and stored her in the garage
The one thing I forgot and regret not doing is to turn the 2 dorades (ventilation) to face back in the cockpit area. Water will more than likely enter here since there is no actual dorade box, just the pipes that lead directly to the inside back of the boat. Unfortunately it’s too late to take care of now.
The rest is up to God and Mother Nature. Wish us well…..