The year before Maria took out Marsh Harbor, Spirit, then named Meredith after my family name, was left attended by the yard in Marsh Harbor. If she had staid there for Maria, she would be in pieces somewere on the island. Instead, I took her to Brunswick in Georgia where she still had a glancing blow. Two years ago, I took her to the Hinckley Yard in Stuart, Florida and then along came Covid and she is still there. It anyone reading this plans to pull out at Hinckley, you might get in touch with me first.
In the meantime, however, as the storms keep forming, I am awfully pleased to be out of the water, tied down on land, mast out, and supposedly within a time honored hurricane hole, the Manatee Pocket. I will see if Hinckley keeps her safe. That said, for any of you now reading this, please consider hauling out early and each year. I do have one acquaintance on a Westsail who has tied up at docks during hurricanes. He is a pretty grizzled veteran. Yes, Jack, I said that. He also has a way with ropes and with knots. Still, my firm advice is to get out early and stay out until at least December. You will rest much more easily,
In the meantime, my fingers are crossed. Toes, also. All of you, be safe!