To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

Hurricane Ian Aftermath

This appears to be a new chapter in our journey. (As a writer, I'm deeply aware that you don't really know until after the events spin out whether this is a chapter or an anecdote.)

Here's our happy picture of Red Ranger in the boatyard.

Red Renger in the Slings
Red Renger in the Slings

Here's what we know today.

Safe Cove Devastation
Safe Cove Devastation

There's a period of grieving over the possibility of serious damage, possibly total destruction.

Grieving over possibilities.

It's looking down from the top of the ladder at the possibility of breaking something.

It's plugging in the 220V stove or dryer wondering if there will be a big spark and a fatal shock.

It's easing the car into a narrow parking space, wondering if you'll hear the crunch of metal.

It's not quite the same as looking at a baby in a hospital bed. That's a different level of hopelessness entirely, since it's a baby.

On the other hand.

It's a Whitby, with a hull that was laid up in the 80's before they knew the minimum amount of resin and glass fiber to use. It was laid up when they figured a few more pounds of plastic would be safer.

She seems to be laying on her port side, which doesn't matter much. It's (perhaps) slightly better because the fuel is on the starboard side.

Were the batteries knocked loose? Or was it a gentle subsidance as the jackstands slowly gave way?

Was she stabbed by a jackstand?

Toe rail damage seems inevitable. Life-line stanchion damage seems impossible to avoid.

Chain plate damage? Maybe.

Mast damage? Hard to tell, but, it looks like her mast isn't laying on the boat next to her.

The outboard was in the cockpit. Did that spill out onto the ground? Did it wipe out the instrument pod in the process?

The dodger is a tough call. It looks like it's gone. That's a lot of steel and plastic. But. Maybe it caught the wind and was simply torn off.

The deck solar panels are certainly gone. They were tied down, but, how long can line last with the semi-flexible panel flogging in the wind?

Inside, we had a dehumidifier balanced over the galley sink. That's trash, for sure.

But. We don't really know anything. We're standing by as Safe Cove works through their own problems before they can start to address their customer's problems. (Their use of multiple Facebook pages and groups is less than ideal.)

See the corporate page.

Also as a group they run that may have more up-to-date info.

And has some more information on the status of the fleet.