Autumn Borne Cruising

CSY-44 Antigua - Hull 001

Weathering High Winds at Key Largo

17 February 2013 | between Rodriguez key, and key largo
Dean - Gale force winds - SCW's up all day
Sunday Morning... Feb 17th
This has been one wild morning...
ALL night long the wind howled... I was up about 3 times... just to check our position, and anchor set... ALL OK...
Then just before dawn...the wind must have really peaked... because the boat began to make strange noises... sink gurgling; water slapping against the side of the hull... (not anything earthshaking by themselves, BUT put together with the high wind howling....made me wake up suddenly).

Sure enough the anchor had pulled out, and we were sideways to the waves...
The anchor would drag, and set; drag and set... but not well... and the wind was blowing at 24+ knots... the waves were 2 to 3 feet high... So I started the main engine... Called 'all hands on deck'....

We had two choices... let out more scope right there... and see if the anchor would reset... OR move to an area where the fetch (waves) were less, and drop the hook again... (closer to Largo, or the South side of Rodriguez ???)

When Susan got to the helm... we started to pull the anchor... with the intent on resetting it closer to Key Largo... to eliminate some of this fetch (waves).
(Which we did, by the way)...

But getting that anchor up was quite the chore... while trying to keep out of the shallows...

We're now re-set closer to the lee-side of Key Largo... not bad...
I also made sure that we had a 'storm scope' out this time... 10:1 scope.

Now it's time for breakfast...and a nap! :)
Today will be a down-day... A day of reading, and relaxing...
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Vessel Name: Autumn Borne
Vessel Make/Model: CSY-44-Antigua
Hailing Port: Buffalo, New York
Crew: Dean and Susan Perry
About: Full time cruisers for 14 years, now. We cruise about 3500 nautical miles each season, from the top of the Hudson River (NY) to either the FL keys; the Bahamas; or the west side of FL, for the Winters.
Extra: Our CSY-44-Antigua is hull #001.
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