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Old 08-27-2012, 05:22 AM   #21
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Why doesn't the marina tie them up correctly to protect their docks and the other boats? __________________


Because the storm surge may bring in 10-15 ft of extra water.

Most marinas do not have pilings long enough to not see all the boats and docks go floating off downwind .

Up a river 30+ miles the surge may be less , depends mostly on time.

The best protection is a few locks in the river .
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:07 AM   #22
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...Because the storm surge may bring in 10-15 ft of extra water...
When we were in Mexico, fortunately storm surge was not an issue, just wind and rain. If surge was, we would have been screwed. Here's a picture of Hobo just before a Cat 1 hit: 13 lines with 5 tied direct to pilings. And here's why marinas want you to leave.

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Old 08-27-2012, 08:06 AM   #23
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When we were in Mexico, fortunately storm surge was not an issue, just wind and rain. If surge was, we would have been screwed. Here's a picture of Hobo just before a Cat 1 hit: 13 lines with 5 tied direct to pilings. And here's why marinas want you to leave.

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Kinda defeats the ability of a floating pier??
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:41 AM   #24
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I think I've seen less tangled spaghetti.
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:54 AM   #25
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My son left for Okinawa on Saturday, fortunately he is still sitting in Guam. Typhoon Bolaven just blew over Okinawa with winds up to 160 MPH, now THAT'S a storm.

Sounds like minimal damage though. They say everything there is constructed of solid concrete and they know how to deal with storms.
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:31 AM   #26
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For us here in Key Biscayne (Miami), there's little left but a steady breeze with the occasional gust to 40 mph or so. I ordered 4 sets of Tide-Minders last Tuesday and paid nearly 100 bucks for overnight delivery just in case we had a high surge, but they never came. The consequence is waking up overnight and adjusting the lines to prevent shock loading in the big gusts. I just sent them a nasty e-mail saying "thanks for nothing". Tide-Minders are a great idea and very effective in surges, but hardly useful when you can't get them in time. They had three good days to deliver "overnight".
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I hope you get them and store them up for the next time. They're handy tools to have.
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:00 PM   #28
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Kinda defeats the ability of a floating pier??
You're right. Fortunately at the time, the tidal range was ~2'. When the docks started breaking apart it was a scramble to hold it together and it was done the 'Mexcian' way.
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Got a message from Tide-Minders saying "Sorry, accidentally sent them regular ground delivery". They arrived about an hour ago. It was a real surprise to see a late 150 mile long band of nasty weather that was perfectly aligned and headed over us. It still was able to spit out a few 50 mph bursts and a heck of a lot of rain. It's moved a bit east now, headed for West Palm Beach. I don't see much more.
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As of monday evening looks like we are going to be right near the center of the cone when Isaac come ashore Tuesday.
Started out today driving to the fishing camp in Cocodrie, Louisiana prepping things and moving the Whaler from its hoist to the trailer for a trip home. Spent the afternoon at the Trawler in Houma La. adjusting and doubling up on the dock lines. I'm in a good location as far as the winds go but might have problems if the tidal surge is as predicted 3-6 feet at the coast I'm thinking around 4' in Houma.
Lots of rain and strenghtening wind tomorrow.
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How is everyone doing ?
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Am watching the weather channel right now, looks nasty already down there! Good luck to all, and stay safe!!
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Already reports of looting of boats. At least they caught one of the bastards.
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Already reports of looting of boats. At least they caught one of the bastards.
You know......you can never under estimate how low some people are willing to stoop to take advantage of even the most tragic situation. It's not like the police and emergency services don't have enough to do.
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