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anyone seen the forcast for sat!? what a crap day 60% chance of thunderstorms and not even 80! what the F$#@. this summer has sucked! i havent found a nice enough day on the weekend to venture over to the moot yet this year...and was looking forward for the raft off...but not so much anymore...sorry for being a debbie downer! but this sucks..hope it changes!
 

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Funny, yesterday the weather guy on channel 4 said that there wasn't any reason to mention possible rain because it's so slight but then they put up the extended forecast and it shows rain for Friday & 85/possible rain Saturday and clear and 90 on Sunday.

This year it's just day by day, I try not to pay attention to what the weather man says.
 

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Yep, read a post earlier this summer (can't remember who) that said during summers like this one, you just need to get out there. Been doing that while watching the radar on Blackberry and only had to duck into the cuddy once so far. We'll see about Saturday, right now it's looking better for late in the day. Friday night and Saturday morning look wet.
 

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It never rains in the moot.
 

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I myself looked forward to the raft off all year, but water temp cold and the predicted high of upper 70 and rain most of the day with thunder showers, isn't looking very good for Saturday. One of my biggest worries is not that a thunder storm blows over, but all the people that don't hunker down before leaving their vessels, causing big problems. I really don't want to be pushing boats off mine if it get bad. Sunday looks better (90-95ish) than Saturday. But will kept my hopes up for Saturday. How about Sunday for rafting, do you folks thing there will be a big turn-out on Sunday as well?
 

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I wouldn't make or cancel plans based on what the weather people predict will happen. This season, especially, they've been wrong, often wildly wrong, far more than they've been right. They need to get their head out of their... uh... out of their computers and learn the art of weather prediction.

I cannot count the number of times this season where The Admiral and I cancelled plans to sail or race because of wind or weather predictions and it turned out we missed beautiful sailing weather.

As for What To Do if a storm came along while you were in a big raft-off... I have no experience in this, but here's what I think I'd do: I think I'd get out of the raft-off, get well up-wind of it, throw out the hook with at least 10:1 scope (that's 100' of rode in 10' of water), and ride it out. This a$$umes you have proper ground tackle for your boat, properly rigged, know how to set it, and the anchor is one inclined to hold well in whatever the bottom is.

Also, on our bow-rider: I'd secure the bow canvas and put up the convertable top, even if the latter would only partially shield the cockpit.

Then I'd light a cigarette (if I still could), sit back, cross my fingers and pray


Jim
 

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yeah last year at the raft off, those storms were coming in.... i was watching the radar, so i untied, & told some friends, & got out of the line up & A few friends followed me to jacks, & a few stayed, & said ride it out! The front line of boats didnt have enough anchors, & smashed up all kinds of boats transom to transom.... while we ate dinner at jacks
 

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Our group made it through the storms pretty much intact> there were a few scratches where bumpers were pushed out but, we had enough anchors and tied well enough that I came out with out a scratch along with many of the 20 or so boats we were with...

I will be heading out rain or shine tomorrow, not too worried...
 

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i'm a fair weather boater, i like it, no, i NEED it 80 and sunny to truly enjoy burning expensive gas and wallowing a day away on the water...

its not like it's either boating in the moot or sitting in bed picking my nose, the weather forecast allows me to make other plans.....

although I won't be out on the water saturday because of the forecast, I will be either having fun in another manner or being productive in some way.......
 

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QUOTE(Goose @ Aug 7 2009, 04:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>i'm a fair weather boater, i like it, no, i NEED it 80 and sunny to truly enjoy burning expensive gas and wallowing a day away on the water...

its not like it's either boating in the moot or sitting in bed playing with myself, the weather forecast allows me to make other plans.....

although I won't be out on the water saturday because of the forecast, I will be either having fun in another manner or being productive in some way.......
 
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