A Welcome Home by Hurricane Irene

How we prepared our 43-foot cat for a direct hit from a Category 4 hurricane
In mid July, 2011, Trish and I had sailed our Belize 43, Destiny II back to the Florida Keys to haul the boat to paint the bottom and repair the sail drives.

The plan this year was to do a quick haul out, spend a few weeks at the Calvert Sails loft, restock a few months worth of groceries for the boat and house, and return to spend the rest of the summer on Cat Island. Typically, we would sail the boat . . .

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