Hurricane Prep Thoughts

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

We have prepped for quite a few hurricanes. A few of my thoughts on the process . . .

Cruising in Hurricane Season

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

We actively cruise during hurricane season . . . but we keep a close eye on the weather and are pretty conservative. Not saying it’s right for you, but here’s how we manage the risk.

Pets & Storms

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

As you’re planning for the safety of your boat and yourself, don’t forget the furry crew members! A few tips for them, too . . .

Prepping the Galley for a Storm

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Rule Number 1: Prepare above decks first! But here are a few tips so that you won’t bury all the food under the sails or have knives fly out of drawers.

Memories of Marty

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Synopsis of what happened when Hurricane Marty hit the Sea of Cortez in 2003.

Hurricane Preparation

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Hurricane preparation begins long before a hurricane is bearing down on you. If your boat is in hurricane waters, check out these helpful articles for everything from getting forecasts to ground tackle and boat prep to the aftermath.

Re-Floating Winsome

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

With no professional salvage crew in the area, cruisers helped cruisers to save 9 boats that had gone aground in Hurricane Marty.

Hurricane Warning — Riding Out a Big Blow at Anchor (Blue Water Sailing, September 2005)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

A detailed guide to preparing your boat and yourself to ride out a hurricane at anchor, published as “Riding Out Marty at Anchor” in BWS (cover feature).

Tropical Storm Tracking with Sailmail & Winlink (Blue Water Sailing, April 2006)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

How to use a FREE downloadable software program with Sailmail or Winlink to know where hurricanes and tropical storms are headed

Speeding Up Sailmail and Winlink (Blue Water Sailing, August 2006)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Several tips for improving your Sailmail or Winlink connections.

Staying Put: Ground Tackle for a Hurricane (Supplemental Info)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Supplemental information to “Lessons from the Storm” published in the June 2005 Cruising World.

Staying Put: Ground Tackle for a Hurricane (Cruising World, June 2005)

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Forget theoretical testing. What ground tackle actually works in the real world during a hurricane? Appeared as the Cruising World cover story as “Lessons from the Storm”