“We’re initiating the hurricane protocol,” he said. “We’ll have your boat out by tomorrow morning.”
“OK, great, thanks,” I said.
And that’s how the call from Your Survival Guy’s boatyard went yesterday.
No ifs, ands, or buts about it. If there’s a chance this Cat 5 Hurricane Lee is going to make landfall, I don’t want my boat in the water.
Here’s the backstory.
Earlier this summer, my boatyard emailed Your Survival Guy with a hurricane and tropical storm boat hauling offer. For a fee, they would guarantee Tom Sawyer would be hauled, secured, and relaunched after the storm passes.
“Done,” I responded. “Sign me up.”
Hey, I’m Your Survival Guy, after all, not some hurricane hunter. I don’t like taking chances. What did you expect?
Because here’s the deal. I know how fast the decision not to haul can change to “I need to get the boat out now.”
When we’re five days out, the thinking goes: “Ah, not a problem, it’s not going to make landfall.”
Then, when it makes a lefthand turn, all bets are off, and it’s a mad scramble like rats on a wharf to get your boat out.
I might miss a day cruising to the Vineyard, but I’ll take the peace of mind over chancing it any day of the week.
Tom Sawyer taking shelter for now.
Originally posted on Your Survival Guy.
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