Joe is now in the Bahamas, overseeing the final preparations to our sailboat, MAHI, before Hurricane Matthew arrives. We are crossing our fingers that this storm loses strength and/or moves out to sea to the east. At the time of this writing, Matthew is a Catagory 4 strength hurricane.
Ok, I will admit to being worried. Really worried. The latest models show that it will still be a major hurricane when it hits the Bahamas. Worse, the new westerly trend is pushing the eye closer to Great Harbour Cay. In the model map at the top, MAHI is very close to the “2 PM Thursday M” symbol.
Great Harbour Cay is a well known hurricane hole in the Bahamas. Thus said, this is a very strong hurricane. I am worried about the safety of Joe, our friends there, the people on GHC and other islands in the Bahamas. Also on my mind is how our boat will fare- our friends boats and homes? However, boats and homes are “things.” People and lives come first in the grand scheme.
A very nice person donated the use of their concrete structure, a condo, which the plan is for our marina group to hunker down inside that place. The guys are boarding up the windows, and I am sure the group will stock it with water and food. Everyone at the GHC Marina is working together to secure all the boats and look out for each other.
Meanwhile, Joe is working to prepare the boat according to our Hurricane plan. He took out some more storm lines and chafe guards, but the bag was lost by LeAir Airlines. Fortunately, that bag has finally been found and will arrive shortly.
If you would like to know what happens, I will post updates on our Facebook SV MAHI Boat page. I have a link on the right sidebar (laptop screens) or on the bottom (smart phones) to our FB link, or you could click HERE. Joe has a DeLorme inReach SE device with him so when power and cell goes out, he can still text me updates.