Fast Forward about 6 months and now there is a hurricane that has the possibility of making a pass over or near our boat. And again, I am not near the boat. Of course this time I hear about the hurricane well before it could become an issue so I have much more time to worry about it. I did my best to clean up the boat before I left it, however, for expediency I was having a local sail loft come retrieve the sails, sail pack, and trampoline to do a little work while I am gone. I did confirm a few days ago that the sail loft did retrieve the "hanging canvas", so I can only hope that the boat is in as good a condition as possible to weather any potential storms.
|Hurricane Arthur Track from Weather Underground|
I watch as Arthur passes by each of the places were Rover and I had stayed and takes a path similar to the path I took to move the boat north (ironically to adhere to my insurance policies requirement of where I needed to be during hurricane season). From Hammock Beach through Jacksonville Florida and on to Brunswick Georgia all seem safe and pretty far west of the storms path.
The storm starts coming closer to the east coast and the eye of the storm passes near Southport, NC. where I spent a little over a week. It officially made landfall near Beaufort/Morehead City NC. where I made landfall after departing Southport weeks before. The storm crosses the Pamlico Sound and passes over Cape Hattaras, the "magic point" my insurance required that I be north of during the June 1 to November 1 hurricane season.
The storm path wobbles and veers west and then back east and finally the outer bands of the hurricane pass over where Rover sits on land in Deltaville while the eye heads back out into the Atlantic.
|Arthur passing "near" our boat (red circle).|
I haven't heard any reports from the yard, but presume my boat is safe. It sounds like the winds in the area probably topped out around 30 knots. If anything, I suspect the storms were worse than the winds but I probably won't know for sure until folks return from the US independence day holiday.