As hurricane Irene marches up the east coast, at a leisurely 14 knots, much of new england is being whipped into a craze by the modern media. New channels are already digging up all the history they can find, mentioning the 1938 New England Hurricane, the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 (extremely valid comparison), and the Halloween Gale of 1991. My father’s yacht yard already has requests to haul 80+ of our customers by sunday evening, and many marina’s in new england are in the same boat.
Overall I would have to say I am far less worried than every news anchor and joe smoe on the street that simply regurgitates the news channel at lunch break. If Irene makes landfall around North/South Carolina as expected it will immediately start to lose strength. If it then continues almost due north until it hits the jet stream the most we will see is a lot of rain. If it rebounds off the coast looking for warm water to feed off of, it will either continue more northeast and slowly lose strength reaching us as a 30-40 knot blow with not a whole lot of teeth to her.
Put some extra lines out, some extra fenders, throw on some chafe gear, and double-check that your insurance policy is up to date. I’ll be on the water.