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Old 09-01-2008, 09:34 AM   #21
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Just getting light enough I can see my keyboard and the action outside. First
logbook entry for 9/1/08 is: 0530. Captain's up; coffee's on. Davis weather
station shows winds of around 15 kts though as I look up at the tree tops it's
much higher there and the clouds are moving briskly from the NE. Scattered
showers. Nothing heavy yet. Barometer reads 28.44. All day yesterday, it
pumped as it dropped slowly but at 2300 last nigh it made a straight plunge
and continues to do so.

Water's up a little but not much. Took a benchmark depth reading of 13.6'.
Present wind's keeping Lake Ponchartrain relatively steady but as the wind
clocks and increases, we look to see it make a fairly quick rise.

I know, I know, I know; we should have already potty-trained the Cowboy but we
didn't and he isn't. Guess I should strap on my .357 and head for his pooh
ground--the only high ground around-- and get his business over with before
the torrential rain and high winds set in. I'm going to let it get a little
lighter outside so I can keep an eye out for alligators. The Cowboy would try
to stand them off, little devil.

Don't know if I described our situation but the trees to the NE of us are
about 100 yards away and form a great shield. As the wind clocks to the east
and increases we pick up the greatest fetch- maybe 250 yards. Think that'll be
the bumpiest ride. Nexrad showing belts of yellow rain- not too bad. Ship's
radar beam is almost useless because of the trees but we do see the odd cell
when they get close. No TSTM's yet. From the Nexrad it appears the eye is
currently south of Timbalier Bay-- about 80 miles from us-- but that distance
will shrink as it draws abeam.

0757: Well, as a sage individual once said, "If you've got to swallow a frog
today, it's best to do it first thing in the morning." Neither the Cowboy nor
the Captain had a big frog appetite this morning but I sensed a window of
opportunity and rassled him into the dink. Hit every snag and anchor line on
the way over to his high ground. Never have I EVER seen him do a 1 and a 2 in
shorter time, about 8' from the dink. Both of us got back soaked to the bone
and I took that moment, while already soaked, to snug up the lines which had
stretched over night.

Teri had the water hot and the shower felt GOOD. Since my retirement, I've let
my hair grow into a presentable pony tail. It's not so much a comb-over as a
stretch over. This part of the narrative will not be of interest to men but
ladies, we've gone mission-critical on hair conditioner. That's the last time
I shampoo till we get back; darn near impossible to brush. Thought I hadn't
got the soap off my body until I realized we had filled the tanks with RO
water now. Makes wonderful ice cubes as well.

Oh, and the water at the Cowboy's "drop zone" was up about 2 feet so I have my
bench mark.

Winds clocked to about 075 and it's up to 25 measured at 20' above the
waterline. The storm should be at its closest proximity to us in 2-3 hours.
Tree tops're just a swinging although there's no sense of motion on the boat
other than an occasional tap against the fenders. Glass at 29.39 and trending
down much faster.

Thawing out some venison country sausage we made during Fay. Sausage and
biscuits. Yumm.

Let me get this out while we still have email capabilities.

Regards,

Larry and Teri
M/V Cigano, 47' Prairie Sundeck Cruiser
Lying: 64 Cypress Road
********* Covington, LA
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:38 AM   #22
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RE: Gustav

...and another. It's sunny with a nice 6 knot north wind here in League City, TX, just south of Houston.
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0942: Winds beginning to clock around easterly. We're not getting the brunt of
the storm here on water; trees running interference but we can see the
anemometers on the sailboat masthead going crazy. Hear an occasional pine tree
snap but haven't seen anything except the trees really bending over with the
gusts. Kinda like limbo dancers. How low can they go?

By the way, thanks to one and all for the prayers and best wishes on and
offline. I'll try to get to each one personally when things calm down a
little.

It's still a little early but it looks like the glass is slowing its fall at
29.37. Nexrad indicates the storm will be abeam us in about an hour. Come on
clock!. Lot more boat motion as the gusts increase.

For years, when I get nervous or sad or apprehensive, I'd head for the
kitchen. Guess it's time to start the sausage and biscuits and quit looking
out the windows.

Thank God for small favors; the genset's just faithfully pushing out the amps.
Boat's mercifully cool although it's around 75 outside.

Till later.

Regards,

Larry and Teri
M/V Cigano, 47' Prairie Sundeck Cruiser
Lying: 64 Cypress Road
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Old 09-01-2008, 10:19 AM   #23
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The Industrial Canal in NO has waves splashing over- but all seems well at this time. Does anyone have a link to Lake Ponchatrain wave/ wind/ height info for Lake Ponchatrain?**I searched yesterday but had no luck. Mostly concerned with the Tchefuncte River on the North Shore.
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Old 09-01-2008, 04:47 PM   #24
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Steve:
How did you all do? We got hammered big time here in Baton Rouge, no power, trees down, limbs and leaves everywhere, thankfully nothing thru the roof. My next big worry is my boat at the yard in Slidell; hope all is well but probably won't know till tomorrow. Hope y'all did ok.
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Mike,
All seems to be well here. Some facial board damage and a few live oak limbs broken out of my favorite tree. Right now I have the grill fired up for marinated chicken breast before the next band hits. Charles Colatta hooked me up with a fellow boater who is on the Tchefuncte River aboard his vessel and all looks to be pretty hopeful there. I suspect we will be listening to the sounds of generators for a few days. WAFB reported a few minutes ago that 100% of power was out.
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:35 AM   #26
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Steve:
I saw the post from the guy on the river, if my boat is still alive and it ever gets in the water I'll meet you guys and drink a cool one. So, for the short term we sweat it out and clean up. Later gater.
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Old 09-09-2008, 01:48 PM   #27
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Things are finally getting back to normal here in Choupic near Thibodaux. The power came on last night, the phones, and internet connection this morning. We had lots of shingles gone and will need to replace the roof. I just got back from checking the fishing camp in Cocodrie, although it took pretty much a direct hit no damage at all to the camp. The fish cleaning shed and boat house roofs both gone, but they were due for replacement anyway.
I spoke to trawler owners in Houma, New Iberia, and on lakes Maurepas and Pontchartrain all seem to have done well. I did see a sportfisheman in Houma which was damaged by broken pilings which fell on to it.
We were real lucky this time!
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:34 PM   #28
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Steve,
We saw a higher surge Friday from Ike than we did with Gustav. All is well on the Tchefuncte. Man- I have seen enough storms for a while!! Mike- hope your vessel made out OK-
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Got that right, we need a break from these storms. My boat is ok, still on blocks in the yard at Slidell. Wonder how the Galveston Bay crowd made out?
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