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12 October 2016

Wordless Wednesday | Boats & Hurricane Matthew










Wordless Wednesday is supposed to be about posting a photo(s) without any words. But, I'm a rule breaker, so here are a few words:

1 - After Hurricane Matthew, a number of people contacted me to check up on their boats that are in storage at Indiantown Marina. It must be so worrying to wonder if your boat is going to survive a hurricane when you're miles away. All the boats here seem to be fine. Unfortunately, that's not the case for people who have boats elsewhere.

2 - I thought I'd share some of the pictures I took because pictures of boats are fun! Boats come in all shapes, sizes and colors, just like people.

3 - I can't figure out why some of the boats in storage hardly seem to have any mold and mildew on the outside while mine seems to be covered in the stuff just a few days after I wash it.


What words do these pictures bring to your mind when you look at it?

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30 comments:

  1. Glad all is well where you are! So awful what Matthew has done elsewhere.

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    1. I know - the loss of life and destruction was horrible.

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  2. Glad your boat and you were safe.
    Wild to think something as heavy as a boat can be stored on stilts like that.

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    1. I have to say, I'm always a bit worried they'll come tumbling down during high winds.

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  3. I am so glad you are safe. Lovely boats in your photos!

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  4. To me this is dry dock and it usually means that your boat is being worked on. I know this is storage though. That was my first thought though. Dry dock is expensive. We just had ours pulled last year.

    Have a terrific Wordless Wednesday. ☺

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    1. Dry dock is much more expensive than storage. No matter what you do though, boats cost you a pretty penny for upkeep.

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    1. I hadn't walked out in the storage yard for a while so it was neat to have a look at the boats stored there.

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  6. We definitely had local friends with boat loss. Thankfully that didn't translate to home damage or the like.

    You know, mold is a tricky beast. Once its spores get into material, there's no killing it, no matter how hard you try. The only answer is to gut and start from scratch.

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    1. That's a shame about your friends losing their boats :-( Glad that their homes are okay though.

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  7. Boats on the hard make me feel sad. I wonder what dreams are on hold, and when the boat will float again. But what's up with the mold on the outside? Our non skid decks will get moldly, and it is a terrible nightmare. Barkeepers friend will work to clean it, but I'm not sure how to prevent it. I'm trying a really thorough clean, compound, wax, wax, wax, to see if that will help!

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    1. There are definitely some lost dreams stored at Indiantown. Some even have trees growing on deck, that's how on hold the dreams are :-(

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  8. I'm glad the boats survived! Oddly, looking at the boats made me think of trying to explain negative numbers to my 6yo daughter last night. One source suggested using a boat, in water though. Part of the boat is above water, those are the positive numbers, and part of the boat is under water, those are the negatives. My husband was trying to use toys, but that was just getting confusing.

    Hope you figure out your mildew problem!

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    1. I never thought about using boats to explain negative numbers, but it makes sense now that I think about it.

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  9. Cool pics! It's like the boats are on a prairie sea. I'm glad that none were damaged in the hurricane - and that you're ok too!

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    1. I like the description of it being a prairie sea :-)

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  10. Glad to hear it. We were thinking of you. How scary it must have been.

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    1. Thanks Rhonda! It was scary thinking about what could have happened but thankfully it turned out to be a non-event for us.

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  11. Good to know your boats survived the storm. It's scary how so much loss happens when hurricanes hit. Very scary. Take care.

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    1. The devastation Matthew left in his wake was horrible. We're truly lucky to have had no damage in our area.

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  12. Glad you and your boat are ok.

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  13. So glad you and Tickety Boo are OK. Were you ever worried at all? Were you wondering whether to haul your boat out during all this? Photos of boats are fun, but I prefer them to be in the water. They seem happier there. :-)

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    1. I wouldn't have been able to haul out even if I wanted to. They have a hurricane club which people pay a set amount to join each year (hurricane or not) and they get priority on getting hauled out. I doubt it there would have been any room or even jackstands for boats who weren't part of the hurricane club to haul out, let alone the fact that the Travelift crew was swamped in the days leading up to Matthew.

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  14. Thirty-six years ago my husband and I and two of our sons were staying at my mother-in-law's lake home in western Michigan. A tornado came through during the night. All of the boats were picked up off the lake and dumped in the lagoon. That's the closest I ever want to come to being in a storm. Glad you are safe.

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  15. Glad you are well and rode out the storm safely. There are boats everywhere were I live so I see them all the time and they always make me happy.

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    1. Boats are cheerful to look at, aren't they :-)

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