Originally Posted by Osprey69
So at what wind speed do you start taking down the enclosures (which then necessitate shrink-wrapping the helm station) and then the bimini?
I am seeing 30ish knots max so far here in JAX (yes much can happen is 3-4 days) and the enclosure has certainly seen that without drama, so was wondering what the SOP is.
Thanks in advance.
Can't see value in shrink wrapping after removing an enclosure. I'd expect the wrapping to go south (or wherever) too.
We once removed our enclosure (previous boat) for a hurricane that came through this area. Can't remember wind speeds; didn't matter, since the storm was really no kidding coming right through here.
In place of enclosure, I taped each instrument cover down independently and thoroughly with duct tape. (Which of course means residue afterwards... but not too bad since it didn't have to sit that way for long.) I might have been able to cobble something together for instruments with garbage bags, bubble wrap, more tape, etc. but the cover that came with each obviously fit best and were sufficient.
Different occasion, a derecho came through our home marina just a few days after we had the front portion of our original enclosure replaced with new. Wind speeds were reported anecdotally as near 80 mph... and our new enclosure was fine... whereas a few neighbor boats lost theirs, a nearby 100-ft oak tree was uprooted...
I was never able to tell whether our experience had something to do with the new construction (new Sunbrella, Goretex/Tenara thread, etc.)... the enclosure support system (hardtop instead of bimini)... or whether we just happened to not have as much of a direct hit as some of the other nearby neighbors... or...