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Where to Go?

Hurricane Season 2000

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Where to Go?  Not everyone lives in south Florida (yet) where there is an abundance of man made canals that offer good protection. If you do have them available, try to select a canal that is as far inland as possible, and, most especially, one that is parallel, not perpendicular, to the shore line.

-The Problem of Complacency
- Relocation
- Where to go?
- Storm Prediction
- Overcrowding
- Making of a Good Dock
- What About Floating Docks?

There are two reasons for this. One is that waterways, be they rivers or canals, tend to funnel the wind and waves, allowing the storm surge to rise even higher, along with greater wave height. A canal parallel to the shoreline completely prevents this. Secondly is the domino effect. When boats upwind of yours break loose, guess what's going to happen? Yep, they come smashing into your boat, so perpendicular waterways are doubly dangerous. After Andrew, there were such canals where every single boat on that canal ended up in a smashed pile at the end of the canal, so don't underestimate this danger.

Large numbers of boats are located off large bays or sounds, which are also dangerous. You have to get away from the lee shores of big bays. You've heard the term "fetch?" If not, fetch is the distance wind and waves that can travel before they  reach your boat. Fetch is something you only want in small doses, like not more than 200 feet or so.

Following Hurricane Opal at Choctawatchee Bay, I identified numerous little fingers and tributaries that curved off the lee shore of the bay. These would be tributaries that hook around behind the main shoreline. Many of these proved to be quite secure locations, despite the fairly high storm surge. The illustration shown above will help give you an idea of what kind of areas might be reasonably safe. Note that the southern side of the bay (at right) as long as it is away from the narrow sandy stretches of beaches, provided lots of potential sites. Moreover, storm surges were highest at the inlet near Destin where large numbers of boats were destroyed. Yet the inland areas north of Ft. Walton were fairly secure, mainly due to a lack of fetch. Most boats in that area survived.

However, if you're particularly observant, you will have noticed an error. The yellow "safe" area show along the northern shore of the bay is not safe at all. Why not? Because of the 5 mile fetch of the bay that would produce large waves on the northern shore. >> Part 3 - Storm Prediction

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The Problem of Complacency Where to go? Storm Prediction
Making of a Good Dock
What About Floating Docks?

Posted July 10, 2000

David Pascoe - Biography

David Pascoe is a second generation marine surveyor in his family who began his surveying career at age 16 as an apprentice in 1965 as the era of wooden boats was drawing to a close.

Certified by the National Association of Marine Surveyors in 1972, he has conducted over 5,000 pre purchase surveys in addition to having conducted hundreds of boating accident investigations, including fires, sinkings, hull failures and machinery failure analysis.

Over forty years of knowledge and experience are brought to bear in following books. David Pascoe is the author of:

In addition to readers in the United States, boaters and boat industry professionals worldwide from nearly 80 countries have purchased David Pascoe's books, since introduction of his first book in 2001.

In 2012, David Pascoe has retired from marine surveying business at age 65.

On November 23rd, 2018, David Pascoe has passed away at age 71.

Biography - Long version


Fight or Flight: It's Always a Tough Decision

Hurricane Season 2002

There is Still Time to Get Ready (1)
The Problem of Complacency, Relocation

Hurricane Season 2000

There is Still Time to Get Ready (2)
Where to Go?

There is Still Time to Get Ready (3)
Storm Prediction, Overcrowding

There is Still Time to Get Ready (4)
Making a Good Dock (with 3 illustrations), What About Floating Docks?

Tropical Outlook for the 2000 Season 

The potential for tropical cyclone development in the Atlantic  remains unfavorable as the unusual weather pattern we pointed out several weeks ago continues.

The Need for Improved Hurricane Forecasting

For those of us who live and work in hurricane alley, during the hurricane season our lives and activities are often overshadowed by the risk of hurricanes. 

Keith Reaches Category 4 Status
140MPH Winds as of 0600, 10/1/00

Related reading:at www.yachtsurvey.com

Finding Refuge

Safe Harbor 
How to protect your boat from hurricanes

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