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Storm Prediction, Overcrowding

Hurricane Season 2000

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

Storm Prediction Where you are located relative to where the storm makes landfall makes a huge difference. Unfortunately, this is not easy to predict more than 24 hours in advance, though the advance predictions of storm paths has been getting better. Storm path projections are issued by the Hurricane center and it's a good idea to pay attention to them. If you're going to end up on the west side of the storm, then the issue you have to deal with is low, not high water.

The illustration above shows the wind directions of Andrew as it came ashore. Since this storm made a nice, straight, steady path, it was pretty easy to figure which side of the storm you'd be on.

Rivers can also provide good security, especially if they're not the wide, funnel mouth type. If a river takes a turn parallel to the shoreline, that's probably a good bet. But check on the history of the river to make sure it's not prone to flooding from rainfall.


The photo at left depicts a sure-fire disaster in the making, an overcrowded canal where the boats are too close together with inadequate pilings. Tightly packed, crowded marinas present much higher risks. Here the reason is because narrow slips don't give enough space to extend your dock line length to allow the boat to rise and fall with the storm surge. Note that none of these boats have stand-off pilings, and the finger piers are only half the length of the boats. When one breaks loose, it will take others with it. >> Part 4 - Making of a Good Dock

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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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