Monday, December 14, 2009

HBYC Marina gets its turn . . .

After Algoa Bay Yacht Club, and Kalk Bay harbour recently got thrashed in violent windstorms, now it seems Hout Bay had a turn. Thank heavens for the recent marina maintenance programme, and the efforts of our brave liveaboards - Steve Clarke-Gray, and Peter Jacops, as well as the NSRI crew who were about. In the circumstances, the marina survived quite well despite losing a few floats - it never let go. Almost all damage was cased by the strong winds that lashed Cape Town - and the chafing of mooring lines . . . .

I believe that the large cats recorded over 95 knots in the harbour last night.

Again the main lesson has been tying up the boats. One just cannot be too careful, and lines should be doubled wherever possible. The case of Jabula - an Holiday 34 - is incredible. She has laid through many storms on the same part of the marina without damage. Take a good look at how she is tied . . .  . and touch wood . . . .

Global Warming anyone?



Ana holds a temporary seal agains the transom of this cat while the water is drained . .


The outer walkway listing significantly.


Keep a good eye on Windguru and have lots of spare rope available. Your boat deserves new mooring lines for Christmas . . .  .