One week ago, we were obsessively watching the monster hurricane churn its way towards the entire Florida peninsula, endangering friends, homes, our winter cruising grounds. We heard from our boatyard on Monday morning, letting us know that ALL boats were still upright on their jackstands. This was very good news! We don’t know what damage Prairie Dog might have sustained as yet, but we know that we didn’t lose our boat. Whew! And this morning an old friend of ours from our days at the Muskegon Yacht Club, for many years now a Conch, appeared back on Facebook after riding Irma out in Key West. Power is being restored! However, so very many boats at Boot Key Harbor in Marathon (my initiation to a true boating community) broke loose of their moorings–initial reports are that only approximately 60 boats are still afloat on their moorings, out of 226–and are either heavily damaged or lost. Most all of these 226 boats were someone’s home. It is heartbreaking.
Boot Key Harbor in February, 2013: