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Keeping Warm on a Cold Day Afloat

Preparing for the Storm - II

Oopsie. We weren't quite as prepared for the storm as we thought. Do you ever get caught out during a new season? Such as forgetting sunscreen the first day of golfing, or getting your snow tires on, but leaving the windshield scraper in the shed? I correctly tied the lines -- but EW and I forgot to prepare La Luna's interior for a storm. Usually we check around for what can move - just as we do when we are setting sail. 

In our case, the coffee maker goes in the sink, all cans and jars and lose items are removed from counters, the I-Pods go in a drawer and my pretty shells get put in the cupboard -- Oh! And pillows go in the booze cupboard!  

Nothing was broken last night -- but after I published the blog about what it is like down here in a storm, all H.E. Double Hockey Sticks broke out. Someone I follow on Twitter said that the ocean buoys clocked 45 knot winds and 20 foot waves. We didn't have 20 foot waves but we did have the winds - and with no mast  we rolled. We rolled a lot. We rolled a whole bunch of lots!

So, we there we would be, watching a movie and hit by a big one. Something would clang or we would hear that sliding, sliding, sliding FALLING sound of something going across a counter and onto the sole. All the while we are scrambling to untangle ourselves from each other, the cords and the (now) bungeed dehumidifier. (Think of being in a large U-shaped restaurant booth and being at the bottom of the U with all sorts of stuff under the table or across the cushion. That was us.) (That was we?) (We were those people?) (Whatever.)

Where was I? Oh yeah. We would scramble for some sounds, recognize and dismiss others,  or look at each other and say, "Did you hear that?" If we couldn't identify it, out we'd go. In one instance, I got up to go forward for a banging sound. "It's on deck!" I said. EW scrambled out and up we went. 

The boat was rolling as it does when we are in heavy swells with no wind or steadying sail. We had to definitely use one hand for ourselves as we moved forward. We were safe, but didn't want to fall and damage the plastic or get bruised. (Note that damaging the cover is worse than being bruised. My priorities are in the right place for living aboard.)

The cover has four supports and the one forward of where the mast should be is not really holding anything up. We know that now because there it was, swinging like the pendulum of a Grandfather Clock, and banging into the cabin top. I held it in place while EW got some strapping and a knife. (He had to go below for the knife as that is something else we forgot to do -- put a knife on deck once the cover is on -- just for this reason.)

We tied the offending post and then looked out the door of the cover to see how we were doing on the dock. Just fine. My lines all held. The cleats were doing their job and the dock wasn't moving as much as we expected. La Luna was rolling worse than she did in the Patriot's Week Storm. Guess the weight of the mast is really important to the stability of our boat. 

Should be an interesting winter.


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