And the answer is…
…. 42kts! (48 mph). The forecast vacillated several times, leading us to figure that the boats still on moorings in St Augustine wouldn’t have it too bad, and even at 8pm the prediction was for a max of 30mph. With typical middle-of-the-night timing, the wind reached a noisy level around 1am with that 42kts soon after. For the next 24 hours we had 23-36kts, dark skies but not really any rain. Fortunately the wind was out of the north, pushing us on the dock; much preferable to having all our lines stretched like taffy.
When walking became possible I used the free washer and $1 dryer- not going to pass that up. Tops on our list that afternoon was to walk across to see the wave action on the beach. Was closer to low tide than to high so the view wasn’t as dramatic as it could have been.
Checked out the gift shop at Marineland- mostly to see the aquarium residents.
That evening we gathered aboard Traveling Soul for happy hour. Russ made his famous fresh-baked focaccia bread; always a big hit. Ann gave us a tour of their multi-level, multi-stateroomed boat. A full-sized fridge, a huge walk-in engine room, the living room contained an L-shaped sofa, coffee table, end tables and a round glass-topped dining table. Very, very comfortable.
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42knots! scary. what is your record wind?
well- that was a record for us being on the boat. Irene was the most ever but we weren’t on the boat for it- and same as Marineland we were on a dock. The highest wind so far with us at anchor I think was the time spring 2011 when all the tornadoes were in North Carolina and we had close to 40kts.
More big wind on the way tomrw- you are going to get it too!