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Old 09-05-2019, 11:59 AM   #1
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Hurricane BTBD Scale

We have been through Florence and Michael in New Bern at exactly this time last year, and now Dorian in Jacksonville. Thankfully the boat survived all with little to no damage. We are very grateful.

This morning, cleaning up from Dorian prep, I have commissioned a new post-hurricane severity indicator. I will call it the BTBD® (Blue Tape Ball Diameter) scale.

I would rate Dorian a "Medium" at 3.25 inches in diameter.



This, as compared to Florence in New Bern which had a width of over 6 inches - now newly classified on the BTBD® scale as "Severe".

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Old 09-05-2019, 03:48 PM   #2
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Yeah. I'm headed down to Stuart tomorrow to pull all the blue tape off of my boat, get it tied back to the dock (it's the last boat in the canal, spider webbed across with 16 lines) and get the canvas back up. Also might as well give the bimini a good scrub while it is down.


I used the green tape two years ago for whatever storm that was (Irma?) and it left a lot residue. Hopefully the blue is better this time around.


I'm not complaining though. It could have been sooo much worse.
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What’s this blue tape used for? Sealing windows?
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What’s this blue tape used for? Sealing windows?
Yep. Sliding windows, door cracks, keyholes, etc. ------- 100mph driven water can get in anything.

For Florence, I left my screens on for protection after taping up the windows underneath and inserting bubble wrap, then taped all around the edges of the screens. Maybe a bit of overkill, but we didn't have a single drop of water inside.

Looks good for the insurance company records --
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Ahh. Gotcha. Nice.
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That is much cheaper than preservation tape, which is what I've used to seal deck hatches and cabin doors in the past.
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That is much cheaper than preservation tape, which is what I've used to seal deck hatches and cabin doors in the past.
I was skeptical at first, but I've had NONE of it peel up in driving wind/rain for up to 6 days since applied (to a clean surface). Comes off very easy and clean with no residue whatsoever. I use the "Medium Adhesive" Multi-surface one -- #2094.
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