Erika GO AWAY! We Have No Windows

A tropical storm is better than a hurricane, so we’re thankful for our blessings.  But s/v Winterlude is on the hard at Marathon Boat Yard waiting (not so patiently) for the yard to complete replacing all her hatches & side windows (the smoked acrylic was crazing badly after 7 years in the tropical sun from our years cruising Honduras, Panama and points south).  LATE BREAKING UPDATE!  AS OF 5 PM EST FRIDAY, all but one of the hatches & windows have been installed and Joe is staying to work tomorrow morning (Saturday) to get the last side window installed in preparation for Erika to arrive on Sunday!  Not a minute too soon, but bless Joe (and Marathon Boat Yard) for caring!!! 

Main hatch with cover guard in place.  And yes, we have someone that checks on the boat checking to make sure nothing is leaking inside.

Main hatch with cover guard in place. And yes, we have someone that checks on the boat checking to make sure nothing is leaking inside.

But I really don’t want these temporary “secure” covers to go through even tropical storm downpours of rain.  Why do I have a bad feeling about them holding up?  Luckily, the boatyard called yesterday and they picked up the replacements … finally after literally a couple of months.  They’re hoping it quits raining long enough to install the real thing – after all, it’s impossible to install new smoked acrylic without dry conditions to seat it properly.  Why, oh why did they wait so long?  Aaaarrrggg….  Why, oh why weren’t we there protecting our baby?  🙁   A frustration of being a commuter cruiser and having work done on the boat in your absence.  Hopefully everything will come out OK and the boat won’t be full of water.

Here’s the latest track (and yes, we are following every update), luckily Erika appears to be weakening, but …

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If  you’re looking for a couple of really interesting links to follow winds/weather try these two:

Hurricane Spaghetti Models by Mike

Or this one’s even cooler with moving wind arrows and forecast.  Click on a point and it brings up the forecast.  I’m not entirely sure which model(s) it uses, but it’s still cool:  Windytv Wind Forecast.

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