Hurricane Irma Update
Hey everyone! I have been very bad at keeping you up to date on our recent adventures, and I apologize! We have been in Key Largo since March and decided instead of hurrying off to the Bahamas and rushing through them, we chose to weather hurricane season here. The main factor in our decision was the great hurricane hole less than a mile away from our anchorage.
At one point hurricane Irma was forecasted as a category 5 direct hit over our anchorage. We knew we needed to do everything we could to survive the storm, so we moved to the mangroves and secured our boat.
We went above and beyond stripping our boat of anything that could create windage including sails, boom, bimini, lifelines, stanchions, dorade vents, EVERYTHING! We evacuated to East TN to visit family and hoped for the best.
When we returned we found Ol’ Gnar Girl right where we left her, safe and secure with absolutely no damage from the hurricane. Unfortunately looters got to her before we could. Erik had thought of this possibility and also stripped the boat of our smaller electronics (EPRIB, VHF radio, SSB radio). They just grabbed all of our liquor (which at this point was the stuff I didn’t really care for and we had been hauling around for over a year), personal strobes for pfd, and our old barometer that didn’t work. However they couldn’t figure out how latches work, so instead they just ripped our cabinets right off the hull.
We feel pretty violated and upset that people would take advantage of folks during this time of crisis, but we also feel humbled from all of the love and outpouring support from the community as well. We know we are lucky to still have a boat and a home and we hope to continue the adventure!