Preparing for Irene

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  • September 25, 2011 1:33 PM
    Reply # 708101 on 685310
    Anonymous
    A pic with a W32 popped up in the local media coverage here in CT. You can find it on the page below, 7th photo down. 

    http://blogs.courant.com/photo/2011/09/ghost-town.html
    Last modified: September 25, 2011 1:35 PM | Anonymous
  • September 25, 2011 4:14 PM
    Reply # 708174 on 708101
    Anonymous
    J Holt wrote:
    A pic with a W32 popped up in the local media coverage here in CT. You can find it on the page below, 7th photo down. 

    http://blogs.courant.com/photo/2011/09/ghost-town.html
    That was quite a dramatic pictorial! Looked like the westsail was holding strong out there!
  • September 26, 2011 4:53 AM
    Reply # 708576 on 685310
    I was trying to read the name of that boat in the picture to see if it is a WOA member.  Can't make it out.  Can any of you read it?
  • September 26, 2011 7:43 AM
    Reply # 708671 on 708576
    Anonymous
    Dick Mills wrote:I was trying to read the name of that boat in the picture to see if it is a WOA member.  Can't make it out.  Can any of you read it?

    The boat name appears to be "Patchwork"
  • September 27, 2011 6:26 PM
    Reply # 710222 on 685310
    Thanks Tate.  It was indeed Patchwork.  I emailed the owner, Bob MItchell.  Here's what he had to say.

    Hello Dick:

     

    I do not get the Hartford Current, so I do not know about the picture that you mention.  If the picture was taken on the lower Housatonic during the storm, however, it is likely that the boat was Patchwork.  As far as preparation for the storm, my efforts were quite conventional.  First she is moored on a helix that goes 12 feet down into the river bottom.  I have strong leads form that to the Sampson Post.  I went out and got some used fire hose from a fireman friend of mine and made chaffing guards for the leads.  I also took 50 feet of anchor rode and tied a third lead to the mooring rig, leaving  extra slack on deck just in case there was a storm surge strong enough to snap the leads.  I lashed the leads down tot eh Sampson Posts with another line to help keep them from slipping off for any reason.  I stripped all the windage off of the boat, sail, canvas, etc. and drained the bilges as dry as possible.  Finally, I tried to make sure that the items on the interior were secure and lashed down.  She survived without a scratch or any damage.

     

    Thanks for the note.

     

    Bob Mitchell

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