I was very concerned with news of this storm. I spent the day yesterday checking my fenders and lines. Did I have enough protection? Would we be blown off the dock? How much rocking and movement would we experience? Would my shrink wrap blow off?
Last night was really nerve wracking. The wind gusts were very intense. The boat would slam back and forth, knock the dock, bounce off, then yank the lines. The lines all screeched from the tension. The shrink wrap rumbled in the strong gales. The worst was the pounding, slamming, crashing noises that I could hear from the hull. I couldn’t figure out what could be crashing into the boat making such a loud banging noise. It took me a few hours to figure out that the floating dock was slamming the pilings and the vibration was being carried through the water making it seem as though the hull was being slammed, but it wasn’t, it was just the sound being carried.
I must have gotten out of bed 10 times last night, checking the boat as much as I could. The problem is you can’t see anything out of the shrink wrap and the wind gusts were too strong to take the chance opening the plastic door. I tied a rope on the door so that I could open it about 6″ without the wind taking it.
I finally fell asleep at about 4am, and woke at 7am, to a calm. I could tell at that moment that the worst had passed. The high wind gusts were over.
I got dressed and went out to check for any damage. I opened the pilothouse door and I was surprised that so much snow had blown in through a 2″ gap under the plastic shrink wrap door. All of our shoes and boots were covered with snow and I had to remove snow from the electric and water inlets.
When I got outside I was relieved to see that 45 Gaege was still in perfect condition. Thankfully, my fenders had done their job.
The intense pressure on the bow line snapped it over night pulling the boat about 5′ off the dock, so I had to wait for the boat to blow in to re-board. My Mom came out and we cleared the cleat, pulled the boat back in, and ran a new bow line. The bow line that snapped was a 1″ line. Other than that, all was good. This storm isn’t over yet, but the worst is done, for us. The heavy wind has passed. It can snow all it wants now.