Date: 6 June 2016. Report on Colin (a tropical storm)
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TROPICAL STORM COLIN at coordinates 29.3N and 84.7W on
6 June 2016.
Seaweed is at the RED ARROW.
For my friends, here is the latest on Tropical Storm Colin: It's been
blowing like crazy, raining sideways and flooding too. High tide was
at 1300 (1 p.m.) and water was over most of the docks on this canal.
It rose about 2' over the normal high tides. What's been worst of
all though is the wind gusts.
It blows, quickly, and then abates
momentarily only to build again. Keeping a sure foot is critical.
The boat is in constant motion and it is easy to get off balance.
That is one reason I have so many places to hold on aboard Seaweed.
Remember: "One hand
for the boat, one hand for yourself"
Few experienced mariners have accidents and that is due to the care
they use. Today I've been on and off Seaweed many times. I have
waited for the boat to swing back toward the dock. I step carefully.
There is always one hand holding a secure post.
I fear falling
because I've seen other people do it too. Inevitably the event
(splash) takes place so quickly the reason why is lost. Later
analysis usually points to complacency due to the fact that we've
done it "a thousand times" without issue. That inattention when
combined with a momentary distraction can result in an accident.
Getting off the boat next to me, I'm holding on to his stanchion
until safely on the dock. Later we hung his swim ladder over the
side. It made getting back on that boat from the dock much easier. The steps made
a big difference for me because I'm petite.
Normally getting on and off that
boat is relatively easy. The higher than normal tides meant one more
complication. Fortunately we had a solution right at hand. The
ladder was very easy for me to navigate up and down.
We do not have big waves in this
canal so that is not an issue. So far the only real problem Colin
has brought is the gusty winds.
This morning a friend sent a text saying "Can't
get into or out of my neighborhood. Deepest water in roads that I
have ever seen." He ended up pulling into McDonald's for
Now I wouldn't mind having a cup
of iced coffee from McDonald's. I might just make one for myself
here in a little while.
After all, I've got coffee and ice cubes. Life is good afloat.
During stormy conditions I do not sleep much.
Seaweed is tucked in behind a
bigger boat. Except when the wind grabbed her bow and played SHAKE
SHAKE, all was well. I added another line to prevent that from
Earlier today I'd added a line
to the pier next to me. That would enable me to keep my boat off
the one I am rafted to. Also it gives me another line of safety.
I have pumped out Algae twice. To the bottom of the
seat my rowboat holds 50 gallons of water. Both times the water was
close to the bottom of the seat.
The fenders along the
outside add a layer of floatation. I do not worry about her
Algae is an old dink built
in 1972. She serves me well. She's comfortable and with a
trolling motor just about perfect.
The leaks still leak. I thought I'd fixed 'em but
apparently not. The rain was relentless and blowing sideways. Every
spot that could get water, did. Once things dry out I'll deal with
that. For now, my planters are serving a purpose: catching drips.
For the time being I
have "self watering" plants provided it rains often enough.
And there's a new discovery. Water is leaking around the anchor
locker door onto my mattress. Not Fun! That leak I have to fix ASAP.
The anchor locker door is that square
teak framed piece right behind Skipper's head on the forward bulkhead.
Skipper does not seem to mind rain and wind. Thunder is
another matter entirely. She is afraid of thunder.
The rain was blowing in the windlass on deck. That water was running
against the forward cabin bulkhead into the anchor locker. Then
it came out the locker door and onto my bunk. Fortunately I caught it
before the mattress was totally drenched.
I have the Schucker
portlights. They drip. That's because the rubber gasket around the
screens is so stiff it doesn't squish any more. (The gasket keeps the
screen in place.) Thirty-plus years ago it kept out rain but not now. Gaskets are on the list again
and closer to the top too.
When it wasn't raining like this
the priority level for buying gaskets decreased. It has increased now.
The gasket is visible just below my turtle at the
bottom of the portlight window.
It has two pairs of rings (raised rubber) that are supposed to seal
My friend Rita made this turtle sun-catcher for my
portlight. She's amazing. Rita owns Washed Ashore [email@example.com]
so if you'd like something special for your portlight or window
contact her. I love the turtle and all the others I've bought from
Seaweed is home and she is also
a treasure box of happiness. Coming back at night is a treat. I
keep a light on in my cabin and when I look at my boat the turtle
looks as if it is swimming by. Life is wonderful and these special
treats make it so.
Having been anchored during a
couple of Tropical Storms (Beryl and Isaac) I can say that when the
wind kicks I would much rather be tucked into a safe harbor than
riding it out at anchor. Details about Beryl can be found in the
The worst is supposed to be tonight at 0200. Of
Last night I listened to the VHF Wx (weather)
station. Waves in the Gulf of Mexico were predicted at 14-18 feet.
That is scary. I hope my friends on Rollin' Stone are safe and
sound. Heck, I hope everybody is.
That is it from St. Pete. I wanted to let you know all is well here.
Seaweed is safe and so too are Skipper and I. She's snoozing right
now and I will be shortly.
Are you going to be impacted by Colin and what
preparations did you do?
What did Colin do in your area?
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