WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BOAT IN A HURRICANE? – YOUR COMMENTS ANSWERED!

We had so many responses to last week’s episode, that we felt compelled to highlight them in an extra video.

So yesterday we went out on a Deben Lugger sailboat into the mangrove river outside Krabi Boat Lagoon with John of Java Yachting.

It was a beautiful day for messing about in boats, and a great opportunity to talk through some of the excellent comments we received in response to Episode 120.

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We asked anyone with experience of sailing in hurricane or typhoon conditions to let us know what happened, and to comment about preparing for a knock down. These are the highlights…

β€œ…Your barrel bolts should be installed with the bolt in the downward position so gravity keeps them locked instead of facing upwards…”
β€œ…you could argue if the yacht is inverted then the stainless steel latches are the correct way up…”
β€œ…Why not try and spring load the bolts…”
β€œ…make a bag for the bilge pumps out of screen…”
β€œ…If you screw boards down and need to get access fast in a leak or collision…”
β€œ…no shut-off valve on the exhaust, a common cause of engine failure…”
β€œ…On your advice from over a year ago we procured the sailing books that you recommended…”
β€œ…biggest pump on a boat is the engine raw water pump. Think about a 3 way valve…”
β€œ…a companionway hatch that is able to keep the water out and is attached to the boat…”
β€œ…water came out of the sink drain like a fire hose.”
β€œ…If you should take a barrel roll, the raft and the pushpit would be gone…”
β€œ…β€œmake sure your drogue chainplates are up to the challenge, or install them if not…”
β€œ…It is a very good idea to wear a helmet…”
β€œ…Are you planning on any kind of pre-crossing fitness regime…”

Thanks to everyone for sharing their incredible knowledge, and for challenging us to be better sailors!

We love hearing from you, and always learn something new. You are an amazing bunch of people!

Love,

Liz, Jamie and Millie xxx

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2 Comments on “WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BOAT IN A HURRICANE? – YOUR COMMENTS ANSWERED!”

  1. I am so envious of your current journey. To be in the unique position to crowdsource your voyage prep, then have the means to implement those suggestions, all in the attempt to create the perfect vessel must be an exciting time for you both. The amount of pride in your home/life support system must be a very fulling adventure indeed. Your cup runneth over. πŸ™‚ Thank you again for sharing. Gary L

    1. I love your take on it, Gary, it gives me heart. Sometimes all the prep and repairs can get a little wearing, so it’s good to be reminded why we do this. You are right, we take immense pride in and care of SY Esper, she is the source of our happiness. Peace and fair winds! xx

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