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Praying for some friends trapped in St. Marten right now, they said the resort has been frantically prepping and the airport has been closed all day.. 

I am scheduled into FM on Wednesday AM.. What can I do to prep boat on the lift? Calling marinas for indoor storage tomorrow. 

Any suggestions for Boat on lift prep.. I don't own trailer, Yet..

 

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I added a couple of additional radar loops and model maps. Note on the black background Florida Radar Loops, the reddish line starting to show at the bottom right. That is the center line of the forecast models.

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12 minutes ago, Robert3 said:

Praying for some friends trapped in St. Marten right now, they said the resort has been frantically prepping and the airport has been closed all day.. 

I am scheduled into FM on Wednesday AM.. What can I do to prep boat on the lift? Calling marinas for indoor storage tomorrow. 

Any suggestions for Boat on lift prep.. I don't own trailer, Yet..

 

If your in Fort Myers and can get it on a trailer I have an open carport spot available. 

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I'm in Fort Myers and if it was just me I would probably stay almost no matter what. But with wife, kids and pets thinking we may make a weekend trip if it looks to be coming this way. Just not sure yet where to book a hotel. Was thinking Orlando, but looks like the storm could go right up the center of the state. 

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So many variables we all dread these storms . I moved from Cutler Ridge  6 mth before  Andrew to Doral . 9:00 am morning is storm drove to check on cousins sale boat I tied up on Miami river luck out  . Pick up 200 bag of ice from broken down Salvation Army truck an drove them to cutler Ridge Mall . Was stopped at toll booth,  luckily got escort to follow me so I could give  them away  as promised to driver . Any how they predicted Andrew to make land fall north of Broward the day before. But she turned left during the night and whipped out South Miami , and removed the entire 2nd floor of our old townhouse. So prepare, prepare, then prey and help  everyone you can when you have a chance to .

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8 hours ago, northernsnooker said:

If your in Fort Myers and can get it on a trailer I have an open carport spot available. 

Thank you very much for the offer, I was thinking about Bimini Basin for a safe anchorage. Any thoughts?

I am going to try to buy a trailer for the pathfinder today. Be in touch!  I don't have any water or batteries set aside for this, and I hear that the stores are all sold out

 

 

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Cat 5 as of now 175 MPH winds and most likely Cat 4 at landfall. If you are in the projected path I would get out.

Robert 3 there is no safe anchorage. Someones boat will come loose and then your boat is toast.

Either find a trailer or secure the lift the best you can and tie the boat so it can float. Also tie off the lift to prevent swaying.

Make sure batteries are fully charged and bilge pumps and switch working.

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11 hours ago, Robert3 said:

Praying for some friends trapped in St. Marten right now, they said the resort has been frantically prepping and the airport has been closed all day.. 

I am scheduled into FM on Wednesday AM.. What can I do to prep boat on the lift? Calling marinas for indoor storage tomorrow. 

Any suggestions for Boat on lift prep.. I don't own trailer, Yet..

 

I can tell you what I did for Mathew and it worked for me depending on what type of lift you have. First, make sure the gas tanks are full, batteries charges the boat is as high as you can get it on the lift and the bilge pump works. My pathfinder hangs on straps so I loop lines around the boat both fore and aft and tie them loosely to the side pilling to keep the boat from swinging and hitting the pilling. 

The maverick is on a cradle and I strap the boat to the cradle with trailer tie downs. Then is tie of the cradle to the pilling with come alongs I bought at Home Depot.

I added chaffing wraps at both he boat and pilling. I didn't pull the drain plugs so if something broke the boat would float in some fashion.

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1 hour ago, Headhunter said:

I can tell you what I did for Mathew and it worked for me depending on what type of lift you have. First, make sure the gas tanks are full, batteries charges the boat is as high as you can get it on the lift and the bilge pump works. My pathfinder hangs on straps so I loop lines around the boat both fore and aft and tie them loosely to the side pilling to keep the boat from swinging and hitting the pilling. 

The maverick is on a cradle and I strap the boat to the cradle with trailer tie downs. Then is tie of the cradle to the pilling with come alongs I bought at Home Depot.

I added chaffing wraps at both he boat and pilling. I didn't pull the drain plugs so if something broke the boat would float in some fashion.

Thanks for this. I really am torn about weather to come and protect my stuff, or stay safe here in MA. I have my boat up high and tied on the lift. But it is fully covered to the waterline. I imagine that'll get wrecked, and up in someones yard. 

I suspect if it hits, it could be a long time without power and water. I worry about storm surge. I am at 8' 

 

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Trying to predict the path of the storm is like watching a drunk walk out of a bar. You have an idea where you think they might go but truth of the matter is there's no telling where they're going to end up.

As for having a boat on the lift, I have seen the aftermath of a storm and witnessed boat dangling from a lift. Pretty bad deal.  When you watch roofs being torn from buildings you can just imagine the odds of your boat surviving on the lift. I agree with what Troy said however even a category three storm is a serious deal.

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Hey Florida folks - we're praying for you.  Sheesh, this does not look good.   Of all the potential paths, this one seems to be the worst case scenario for maximizing damage to the entire state.   

The good news for you and bad news for me is that (maybe it's just me) it SEEMS like the vertical tracks are easing east in the last run.  Maybe that's my imagination, but while the tracks move around, the pattern they move in can be a good predictor.   If a few runs keep moving the tracks in the same direction, you can, at least, hope that future runs will continue that trend.

 

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We are hauling out & securing yachts in their slips here at Merritt's Boat & Engine Works. The hatches will be battened down Friday morn unless the storm track greatly differs from today.

I'll have to stay in Pompano Beach to take care of my mother & 92 year old grandma. My 61 year old concrete home won't be budging but the tongue and groove roof could fly off. I'll film the action and post it on youtube if that happens!

I'm heading to Chokoloskee to cement anchors into the bedrock & strap my camper down. If the storm surge there is more then 8' and/or winds exceed CAT 3 then I'll likely be buying a new camper this Fall & starting over. It wasn't pretty at CIP after Wilma struck; only a few of my neighbor's campers weren't total losses after that wench passed thru.

C'mon Irma.....take a turn to the north or south, dammit!!

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20 minutes ago, conocean said:

We are hauling out & securing yachts in their slips here at Merritt's Boat & Engine Works. The hatches will be battened down Friday morn unless the storm track greatly differs from today.

I'll have to stay in Pompano Beach to take care of my mother & 92 year old grandma. My 61 year old concrete home won't be budging but the tongue and groove roof could fly off. I'll film the action and post it on youtube if that happens!

I'm heading to Chokoloskee to cement anchors into the bedrock & strap my camper down. If the storm surge there is more then 8' and/or winds exceed CAT 3 then I'll likely be buying a new camper this Fall & starting over. It wasn't pretty at CIP after Wilma struck; only a few of my neighbor's campers weren't total losses after that wench passed thru.

C'mon Irma.....take a turn to the north or south, dammit!!

Watch your gas supplies Paul....I've heard panic buying is taking place in South Florida already.

DC

 

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Thanks, I got it covered! My gas supplies are at their limit.....truck is full, mom & grandma's cars are full, girlfriend's car is full, boat is full & we have plenty of gas stored at Merritt's if I run out as well as giant CAT generators and luxury yachts for my family and I to "rough it" aboard for up to a month if the sh!t really hits the fan & splatters.

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My company is 2 blocks from Costco people parked up an down the streets blocking everyone's drive way.people standing in line nearly 200 yards out side the door in 2 different directions . Line for gas is reminiscent of 60 s gas crisis . South Fla, drivers are well knowed for being the worst drives possible in America , now throw in a Hurricane and you get to see their true nature . Publix is the largest grocery store here and wife said 2 nearby stores were pick clean. Anyhow high water in glade will drive gaters  over chrome a maybe a will craw into me grill.!! Be sale every one, And don't be to proud to ask for help . Where ever it goes were all being effected in some way.

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I'm still recovering from an accident and fractured shoulder, barely able to get things ready. One of our daughters is pregnant and another one has a 4 and 6 year old. We are in Miami and I'm locking the boat up in a concrete warehouse, loading up the Lance truck camper and taking a sudden camping trip North, with family and pets.

Went through Andrew too and I'm 25 years older and wiser. 

Rather watch it on CNN than be there 

good luck to everyone

God bless and protect everyone on its path

 

 

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This is going to to be a life changer for a lot of people. If it runs a whole coast at cat 5 it will be likely the worst event seen in our lives. 20' surge up whole coast...we had 9' in St Aug last year and I can't imagine what this would bring   

 

I hate wish it on anyone but I say the best thing this can do is make landfall in unpopulated Everglades and shoot up middle of peninsula where surge is taken out of equation except for landfall. 

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I'm still recovering from an accident and fractured shoulder, barely able to get things ready. One of our daughters is pregnant and another one has 2 little ones too and we are in SW Miami 

Im locking the boat, gear and gas car in a concrete warehouse. Then loading up the Lance camper on the diesel truck (diesel is still available) and taking a sudden camping trip north with family and pets

good luck to all of you and God bless everyone on the storm's path 

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That track is easing East.  Not good for us, but if it is going to hit, I hope it makes a single direct hit somewhere (even here) vs. a crawl up the coast that impacts everyone.   

Keep those prayers going - if nothing else, perhaps the collective breath will push it further East and away from the coast!

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13 minutes ago, whichwaysup said:

Not liking the 11:00 update . . . .

Me neither.  That GFS line would impact all of Florida and the entire Southeast coast up to and including The Outer Banks.  Not to mention, it would finally park over my house in Upstate South Carolina!

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I have condensed the site a bit as some people are having issues with all of the animated maps downloading due to the high internet usage! I have even noted the down load issues on my work computer. Please note there are Redcross and shelter links on the regular weather site...

 

Good luck everyone. My agency command is preparing and I am send my family to North Georgia...We will probably be activated Thursday night or Friday morning!

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I decided to stay in Mass.. My buddies took off my boat cover and lashed the boat,  supposedly. Fingers crossed for all in FLA, and PR where it will be a direct hit, cat5 ..

 

Good luck All..         jumping in truck after storm with all my chain saws and equipment.. Coming to help 

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On 9/3/2017 at 4:11 PM, geeviam said:

The Harvey Relief Effort is far from over, but it is good to see so many people doing their best to help those in need.  Irma is a long way off, and there are many possible tracks, but right now she is on about the same track as Andrew was in '92.  The radar snapshot below shows Andrew tracking Due West as it made landfall.  SW 288 St in the center of the path of the Eye is where I was when this snapsot was recorded.  A few of us decided to camp-out in my business the night of the storm because it was in a shopping center made with concrete block walls and twin-tee concrete roof panels - and we were concerned about looters after the storm.  I will NEVER again stay anywhere in the path of a hurricane when the authorities issue a warning to evacuate.  90% of the shopping center was destroyed including a collapsed roof, except for the section we were staying in - Thank God above!  We could hear enormous crashing sounds as huge package HVAC units were blown off the roof of the shopping center as if they were beer cans.  The sound of 175 mph winds and embedded tornados moving through is something you can never imagine or forget.  I experienced both Eye Walls with winds in opposite directions and was scared sh*tl*ss but walked outside during the calm winds in the Eye.  The barometric pressure drop was a very strange experience as well.  When you instantly lose the modern conveniences that you normally take for granted, like hot water, electricity (for 6 weeks), a grocery store, etc, you remember to appreciate them a little more from then on.  I lost my home and my wife (girlfriend then) lost her home - both completely destroyed.  I will always remember what a wonderful sight, the Red Cross food truck was, as it came though regularly - with a friendly face handing out hot meals and bottled water to us when we needed it most.  What a great Organization!  I get a tear in my eye thinking about it.  Hurricane Andrew was a once in a lifetime event that I wish I could have skipped.

 

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People that don't know what it is like to have your back against a door trying to not let it blow in getting pounded by the wind and then moving to the other side of the house to do the same 20 minutes later just don't understand.  

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On 9/5/2017 at 6:52 AM, Robert3 said:

Thank you very much for the offer, I was thinking about Bimini Basin for a safe anchorage. Any thoughts?

I am going to try to buy a trailer for the pathfinder today. Be in touch!  I don't have any water or batteries set aside for this, and I hear that the stores are all sold out

 

 

If i recall, this boat was anchored 2-3 miles offshore near Snodens *** between Cutler Ridge and Kings Bay ended up several hundred yards inward...There is no safe anchorage.....

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