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The windy season has started, a set of 4 low pressure systems is stacking up on top of us.  November has been unusually calm but its only a matter of time till the stormy season catches us.  The highest wind I have recorded in the last 3 years is 89 knots but its the 45-50 gusting to 60-70 that is much more common this time of year.  Our little Hooker likes to be weighed down but is very high on her lines right now as it has been months since doing any provisioning.

Extra lines and fenders have The` all snugged up and give us a good nights sleep but I still get up every few hours to check all her lines for chafe anytime it blows over 40 knots.  As we snug in for the winter my search for employment has stretched out to the islands, we are ready to move on.  We have slowly started provisioning and getting the boat ready for her new home, the more wight we add the more comfortable our little home will become.

A new stove is near in the future but for now cans unfortunately rule the day.  Cabbage is our main staple, it seems to find its way into every meal as does some form of beans, usually re-fried.  For a hoarder like me provisioning is fun because everything is bought in huge quantities,  big bags of rice sugar, beans, caned condensed milk, olives, chocolate, flour…  The budget is usually smaller than a crisp 20 dollar bill per week but you would be surprised what you can purchase with a 20 spot.  The dented can is our favorite place to start the search.

Condensation is a nightmare so things are constantly shifted while we fight the wet winter battle.  As the temperature drops the visitors increase, everyone looking for a warm meal, a cold drink, and good company to pass the long dark winter nights.  The` has enough aboard to keep all ours friends warm, dry, and happy.

* WIND AND WAVES...SOUTHEAST WINDS WILL RISE TO 25 TO 35 KNOTS
  THIS MORNING THEN EASE TO 10 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 6 FT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A GALE WARNING MEANS WINDS OF 34 TO 47 KNOTS ARE IMMINENT OR
OCCURRING. OPERATING A VESSEL IN GALE CONDITIONS REQUIRES
EXPERIENCE AND PROPERLY EQUIPPED VESSELS. IT IS HIGHLY
RECOMMENDED THAT MARINERS WITHOUT THE PROPER EXPERIENCE SEEK SAFE
HARBOR PRIOR TO THE ONSET OF GALE CONDITIONS.

 

The first little winter puffs are coming but its always warm on The`

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” 
 ~Vivian Greene

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