11 April, 2019 - M/V So...fea - TREE HO !
learned that every so often Mother Nature simply flushes the toilet . . . Typhoon, Hurricane, Cyclone, Tsunami,
Gigantic snow melts and simple floods.
These are the times when you take down all of the wind bells and chimes, clear the decks of loose gear, break
out those fat storm fenders and mount fenders on both sides, double up on the dock lines, then stay up all night
to ward off Marine debris coming down river.
with your gut feel being more accurate), you can be in full control here EXCEPT for what comes at you down
river . . . loose derelict boats (and even ships and barges), houses, boat sheds, icebergs, aircraft, grass, reeds and twigs,
dead trees and logs, 55-gallon drums and broken dock sections, automobiles, alive or even dead pets and animals,
fish (and sometimes humans).
There is no planning for this Marine debris, you have to improvise “as” it happens when it happens . . . but,
the need to move locations or go to sea is always a possibility, so, you are sure to be fueled, watered up,
generator-ready and have a “Plan B” . . . now the wait (sometimes "nothing" happens.)
As you wait, and get hallucinations from fatigue you chuckle about all those dry-land brick and mortar house
sharing these waters, are they tied down? You now question your wanting “not” to be nested safely in the inner
harbor with the non-view, side-by-side “little boxes” storage boats . . . surely this being a single tie, maxi-view,
outside channel location was a smart move (where the full river/tidal flow passes) right?.
These three-day trials are part of “not” owning a home, of “not” just “existing” and ignoring Mother Nature,
experiencing something the landlubbers never will.
debris packed tight between the dock and hull, spent 1/2 hour clearing it out (until daylight), then observed all
of the intense debris coming down mid-river on the outgoing.
0900 loud hull squeaking sent me back out to free up another full load of side-debris, logs and small pinched
(hull crushers), flood warnings issued and the river is unbelievably full of trees and debris.
fenders to allow an additional 8 inches of wash space for flow, which seemed to really help.
between So...fea and the dock, rolling and making quite the racket, took 45 minutes pull it back against the tidal
flow and get it around the dock-end to the river (had to snag another monster log going by with the grappling
hook, tie a line on, and reverse pull the thing out as the log was released to head downstream again) lost a
40 foot line, but got it gone!
drum accompaniment), the dock end had a moss covered 4 1/2 foot diameter 10 foot wide tree base across
it being held by the tidal flow....eventually I saw a 5 foot tree limb 8 feet aft on the port bow-side that was
exiting at a 20 degree angle out of the water, probing around on the Starboard side I could not feel the other end,
the grinding was aggressive and non- stop. Unable to sleep with the noise level and being concerned about hull
damage, I persisted in trying to loosen the keel rub without luck.
The riverside edge of D, C and B dock ends is aligned to come inside of A dock (and head-on to the bow of So...fea).