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Pursuing the cruising dream in 32' of sailing ketch

We Survived!


We received an email from the kind folks at J & R Marine Services Yesterday afternoon, stating that NO boats were blown down in the storm, and that there was no visible significant damage to any boats. 

No new pictures yet, and no specific word on Sionna and her very cosy neighbor – the sport-fishing boat that was placed after we had left and which had likely been responsible for Sionna’s hurricane straps having been left off…

But I can just hear the old girl talking to the “new paint” next to her during the storm:

“Hang in there, Kid. We got this.”

After 54 years, she’s seen a thing or two.

So we are feeling like we can breathe again! Other good news is that most yards and marinas on the west-central coast did well too.  Interesting and sad is that there was more damage on the east coast and northern Florida than I might have expected, given the track of the storm. Titusville, St. Augustine and St. Mary’s Georgia, where we have friends and boats, all had a rough ride even with the storm diminishing in strength as it moved north. We’re sending good energy and crossing fingers AND toes for the folks who live there – cruisers or not – in hopes they have minimal damage and no injuries.

And to all of you who sent good thoughts and rode this one out with us in spirit:

Thank you.  It really helped.

Author: s/v sionna

Living the dream in 32'. We left Maine on August 18th, 2016, and have gradually worked our way south until we felt warm enough. After spending the summer in Maine, working to replenish the cruising kitty, and rehabilitating an old house. we’re headed back on the boat, bringing Sionna back home to northern waters. Follow our blog here!

2 thoughts on “We Survived!

  1. Glad to see that everything turned out alright. I have friends that sheltered in Marathon. Just found out yesterday they are still sequestered in what they called the “bunker” . One person had 4 feet of water in her home but no wind damage.


  2. They pack them in super tight at our boat yard for hurricanes, and without straps. (But you should have had straps since you were told you would!) Maybe their plan is just to pack them so tightly they can’t fall far? Glad Sionna made it through. What a relief.


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