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Old 08-21-2020, 07:53 AM   #1
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Pensacola area hurricane prep

I need some ideas here. I have my boat slipped at a marina that has everybody move their boats out of the marina in case I name storm is headed our way.

All Marina’s in the area that have haul out equipment have a list of boats on a hurricane haul out priority. Additionally, all of these marinas with haul out services make you pay a fee every year ranging from $2000 to $5000 a year just to be on the list.

If you’re watching the weather you can see we have potentially two name storms headed our way. I’m not sure what to do with my boat once I have to pull it out that Marina any ideas would be helpful Don’t see the point of trying to move the boat away from the hurricane because we’re not quite sure where the hurricane will hit.

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Old 08-21-2020, 11:12 AM   #2
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Tying off/anchoring way up narrow creeks is something we did in the FL Keys. Another strategy is to anchor in a shallow area with multiple anchors. Then abandon ship via skiff. The boat can't sink.
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We lived in Milton in the 70s, maybe head up the Blackwater River and find some place to tie off???
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Old 08-21-2020, 12:55 PM   #4
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OK we’ve got a plan a buddy in the Next-door slip is helping me. He has extra anchors for me and we’ve identified a cove we can get in that’s not too far away. Will wait till Monday morning to make the decision. Here is the slip if you have a Google Earth

https://earth.app.goo.gl/yW1nRc
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This morning's 7 AM briefing for us emergency management sorts put Laura making most likely landfall just east of the Mississippi delta, and the Florida panhandle out of the cone. That said, there is a bunch of uncertianty in the predicted track because of the other storm to it's west.

I know what happens to my boat in Carrabelle because of Michael. If you are doing it for a first time, you might go ahead just for the educational value of moviing and anchoring in your hurricane hole.

Remember that a big risk in staying in a marina is getting hit by other boats, even though you tied up really well.
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Fajah,


Many locals run to the high banks of the ditch between Destin and Panama. Warning! This area can become a party zone during named storms! Bow and stern anchors with long lines running to trees on banks. Heading east sounds best at this time.
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Old 08-22-2020, 11:22 AM   #7
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Thanks.

Looks like we ar out of harms way for now.

Iíll keep it in mind for next time though
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Old 08-22-2020, 11:23 AM   #8
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With two storms, both spinning CCW. If they come close enough to each other, there will be opposing winds. It'll be very interesting if those winds cause a cancellation. There's also two low pressure areas. Low pressure sucks in nearby air/moisture. Who will suck tho in and what happens then. Very interesting as we seldom have this type of concurrent storms. My guess is for lot's of rain flooding. Test bilge pumps and switches and batteries at full charge. Throw switches to engage all batteries to pumps. Remove all fresh food from refrigerator and turn them off so there's no chance of them draining the batteries. I still feel that going up a creek is a reasonable choice as heading to a destination east or west of storms will find hundreds of other boats there by the time you arrive, unless you left a few days ago. IMHO.
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Depending where the marina was in PCola....I would just haul it and strip it down to deck level or run up the Mobile River if there is a spot 100 miles inland with good protection.

Take all valuables off the boat ( not boat insured stuff unless you want to)
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Fujiwhara. I appreciate how the Japanese language has words for many things that English doesn't. Orbiting storms is something I'd never have guessed but does make sense.
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Old 08-26-2020, 09:34 AM   #11
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I'm amazed so little mention here of Marco and Laura and Laura now headed to the Eastern Texas coast. It seems hurricanes only get attention when they're headed toward certain areas. Houston and Key West get attention, but Rockport, Mexico City, FL, and SC/NC areas may or may not get any help after one. Fortunately, Laura is headed toward a less popular area of Beaumont and Lake Charles. I guess that's good when you look at large numbers but little consolation to those who live and boat in those areas.
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Maybe Pirates Cove in Josephine, Alabama
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Old 08-26-2020, 09:43 AM   #13
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Well the first thing I would check is the fact that they cannot make you leave the marina in Florida - even If it is in your contract.

https://www.maritimelawblog.net/can-...ire-you-to-mo/

I know we have discussed this before on here and there are different interpretations. I would take this opportunity to find out where you stand before the next named storm.

What were the other slip holders going to do?
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Fajah,


Looks like you're out of the woods for now.


However, I like your idea of getting up to some cove and anchoring off with several anchors and lines to shore... then dinghy to safety.


That's my plan, but fortunate to have that set up behind my home. Pull away from the dock, throw out three or four anchors, and 4 or more lines. And, of course, take down anything that will blow off. Thinking of finding a way to cover the windows next time, too.



The risk in a marina seems high if the storm picks up and then you have boats bashing into boats and lines going over pilings and dock failures.


If time allowed, I'd bet you could find something going up Mobile Bay into the Tom Bigbee, but that would take time.



Best of luck to you.
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Maybe Pirates Cove in Josephine, Alabama
Ask the folks whose boats ended up in the trees from Hurricane Ivan how Pirate's Cove worked out.
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Here's the thing about local hurricane holes - everybody else knows about them too, and they will fill them up by the time most others think about them. I have one just 200 yards away from my pier, and we all watch the bayou like a hawk for "intruders" when a storm heads our way. Living nearby, we can get the boats moved to "provisional" spots to reserve anchorages about 2-3 days ahead with plans to enhance our moorings closer to landfall.
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I've ridden out several hurricanes up the Escambia river. Bayou Chico is a pretty safe place but fills up fast. Blackwater is a great place. It's deep. I used to push barges all the way up to a terminal just below the RR bridge. Lots of slews off the main river with deep water, sandy bottom. I now get my boat hauled out at Pelicans Perch if we are in the cone of uncertainty. My Boat/ US insurance pays for 50% of costs related to this.

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Old 08-26-2020, 01:30 PM   #18
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Right
At 8 knts Cruising speed it would be quite a trip
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As close as you are to mobile, your best bet is pack the family up on the boat and head on up the river, that’s the safest option you have.
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Ask the folks whose boats ended up in the trees from Hurricane Ivan how Pirate's Cove worked out.
Sorry my bad, I forgot. I’ve only been there once and now that you mention it, I remember seeing a wreck up in the woods. I’m not from the area and shouldn’t have made a suggestion.
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