Out running Cat 5 Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Boat Preparations on a mooring.

October 1st, 2016, Hurricane Matthew cometh. Which became a CAT 5 hurricane, while were relocating Black Diamond. The boat was in Freeport, Bahamas at the time, and Hurricane Matthew was barreling down right for her. We had a hurricane plan in Freeport, and pre-paid for a haulout and strap down on the hard. But we thought the better plan might be to relocate her out of harm’s way. The full story is unravelled in this video. You will also see how we prepared the boat for a potential near pass of Hurricane Matthew.

UPDATE: Just got word this morning from the Marina yard in Freeport Bahamas, where the boat was. This is where we had a hurricane plan, we would have been hauled out and strapped down to concrete. 20 boats that were hauled out and strapped, toppled over, 2 boats lost their mooring and thrown on the rocks, 1 boat sank and part of the marina hotel roof was ripped off. I am saddened to hear the news for the good people of this hotel & marina. They were very good to us.

However, sometimes sticking with the insurance plan with a $25,000 deductible is not the best idea, if the plan sees the eye of a CAT 3-4 passing right through. 

Honestly, we are not that smart. But thankfully, we had a divine plan, as we were already scheduled, plane tickets purchased, and on our way to move the boat to Miami for a race in November. When we arrived the news on the hurricane was heightened. We decided to stick to our plan, as the forecast showed only 10% chance of hitting Miami at the time.

If the hurricane forecast would have changed, and was heading towards Miami, we would have jumped back on the boat, and headed North on the Gulf Stream, we would be making good speed of 10-12 knots in the stream, back to Freeport in 12 hours or further East to the Abacos.

Nonetheless, We are thankful the way things worked out, praise the Lord.

Hauled boats toppled by hurricane

Hauled boats toppled by hurricane

PHOTO: NOT of the exact Marina, but a depiction of what it might look like. These are boats on the hard, that had also toppled over.

s/v Black Diamond

With almost 30,000 Nautical miles of experience and 1,800+ sea days and nights on the water. (1,800 sea days is like 5 years on the water, 365 days a year!) I am an RYA Skipper and ICC International Competent Captain, currently working on my RYA Yacht Master with a Commercial endorsement for a 200 ton vessel. My qualifications include; MED A2 Emergency Safety at Sea, Helicopter Rescue, Life raft deployment and use, Offshore Rescue and Fire Fighting at Sea, etc, STCW Code A-VI/1-3, Canadian Equivalent Marine First Aid and CPR/AED. I am an Open Water Certified diver and completed various CYA & Canadian Power and Sail Squadron certifications which include Power/Sailboat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, CYA Coastal Navigation, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising, VHF Radio operation license and a Toronto Harbour License. I am now providing skippered charters and yacht deliveries globally, including crew positions for offshore passages. However, my specialities are the Bahamas, US East Coast, The Great Lakes, Welland Canal, Erie Canal and the Adriatic Sea, Croatia, looking to add Greece. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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