Northeast Winds in February - Or Why I'm Going to Work from Shore Today
You say Nor'easter, I say Northeaster -- Whatever. Living Aboard During One is Not a Lot of Fun

When You Live Aboard on the Dock, Storm Issues are Wind Direction and Tide

Yesterday, I packed up my home office and moved it to shore for the day. The Northeaster we are experiencing had winds with gusts to 30 knots at high tide in the morning. Northeast is our only exposed direction here -- and then only within 2 hours of high tide; after that the mud flats protect us.

We did not get a lot of sleep last night. Winds gusted above 30 (still not strong enough for dock walks) and the rain pelted down on the cover and the boat rolled from side to side. There were/are various rattles, squeaks, and thuds throughout the boat and on deck. As I lay awake (I heard the ship's bells at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30) I tried to catalog each sound in order to describe them to you this morning. 

  • Early in the evening the sharp knives rattled in their holder. I put them on the counter. They are back in the holder and rattling now. We also have (somewhere) a bungee cord to hook around them. This stops the rattle and keeps them from bouncing out at sea. Gotta find that.
  • Did I mention the rain? I'm sure I did. I made it back aboard during a light sprinkling. After that it was torrential. Since we have the shrink wrap cover the rain doesn't fall on the boat -- good thing, the deck is now a workshop/storage/mud room -- but the sound of even light rain on the plastic cover is very loud. Torrential rain was torrentially loud. 
  • One of the wooden upright supports for that cover actually swings a bit above the deck. This was not planned but it just is. In a heavy wind the cover flexes and the wooden support thuds onto the deck.  
  • We have a deep toned squeak when the boat rolls. In the main salon it sounds like it is coming from the port side. In the master stateroom it sounds like it is coming from the starboard after quarter. We can't find it on deck. 
  • Water laps the hull. That is more prevalent when we are rolling. We are rolling. Last night we were rolling a lot.

If you see me today and I look tired. This is why. 

Today's weather is forecast thusly: 

Today... Rain. Windy. Near steady temperature in the upper 30s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph...Increasing to 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph this afternoon. Beach erosion and coastal splashover possible near the time of high tide this morning. Chance of rain near 100 percent.

 Tonight... Rain in the evening...Then rain or snow after midnight. Snow accumulation around an inch. Beach erosion...Significant splash-over and possibly coastal flooding near the time of the evening high tide. Very windy with lows in the mid 30s. Northeast winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.

This morning, the winds are much lighter than they were yesterday. Tonight they are projected to be that much heavier. Oh joy.

And yes, I still love living aboard. 


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I suppose my irritation about the refrigerator "hum" last night will get no sympathy here. Nice post. Living aboard is not for wimps.

Barbara Hart

You got that right. We are "up close and personal" with refrigerator, furnace, and de-humidifier. I have earplugs - but don't use them during storms or when underway due to safety concerns.


It looks like living aboard a boat can be an adventure, even when you're not out to sea. Stay safe!

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