It’s 3:30. I have been trying to nap on the boat but I hear noises above in the cockpit. We tied everything down this morning and removed anything that could blow away. So what is making this noise every so often just as I drift off to sleep?
It has been raining on and off for the past two hours, but not hard rain–just the gentle, get your deck wet rain. It is blowing a bit more too, but gusts are about 20-30 knots–nothing to worry about. I have been onboard here last summer during a tropical storm and the boat did fine with 60-70 mile an hour gusts.
I see Jim, my neighbor and buddy, on his deck tying more lines on around his main sail. He did not take it down; just wrapped it with lines. Can’t ever be too careful with sails–they are what can get a sailboat in trouble if they blow out.
So I am just anxiously waiting for the “bad stuff” to hit. Hard to relax when you anticipate a big hurricane like Irene. Go away, Irene–you are not welcome here.