Well I’m happy to report that the wind and rain are not what they projected. Winds are about 25 to 30ish with a few larger gusts, and the rain is hit and miss. We will probably have about 3 to 5 inches of rain out of Isaac. That’s all good news.
They have just lifted the mandatory evacuation orders for Fort Myers Beach and San Carlos Island as of about an hour ago.
It’s still pretty blustery outside for the moment and with any luck at all Isaac will just continue to head west north west and unfortunately bump into the upper Gulf Coast around New Orleans.
Tonight we should get a good nights sleep and then the storm will be dwindling down by mid day tomorrow. At that point, we’ll start to put Panacea back together and get on with our lives down here.
Thanks for everyone checking in on us. It was nice to hear from you and let us know that you were glad you were there instead of here. I’ll be shooting some photos and getting them up on the blog here for you in a day or two, but I really wanted you to know that all is well in our part of the world.
This morning after looking at all the radars and models, it looks like Tropical Storm Isaac is pulling a little more west. I like the trend. When he passes us, it looks like the eye will be well over 100 miles to the west of us. Of course the storm is like 600 miles wide, so we will still have a couple of crappy days. At least, we will be out of the projected hurricane force winds. That’s good
We do have a full moon that is causing our tides to be high, as well as a projected 3 to 5 foot storm surge, so water may be a problem.
We’ve done what we can to keep everything and everybody safe so all we can do now is ride it out and then dry it all off after Isaac goes north.
This morning the northern Gulf Coast is on the charts for landfall. Some where around New Orleans. That’s going to suck too. The Gulf waters are warm, 86 to 90 degrees. That means the Isaac will get stronger as he heads north. It’s just a wait and see situation for everyone.
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I’ll check back in later today and let you know what’s up. I’ll post some photos as the storm passes.
Just walked Maggie and Pat’s in bed. Brother Dan is here and will be hunkering down with us. Everything is in place for Isaac to shoot past and it looks like all will be well. At least we are all prepared and ready.
Thanks for checking in on us and we’ll be updating this blog as Isaac passes.
Also, thanks to all my friends that have helped us pull it together here and we’ll see you on the other side of the storm. Be safe.
Well as of this morning Isaac is projected to start rolling through starting tomorrow. He’s going to head up the coast of SW Florida just off shore. That means that we are going to get a lot of rain, wind and 3 to 5 feet of surge.
This morning, Pat and I are heading to the marina and start pulling the canvas, sails and anything that can move. We will double our lines and chafe guard ’em and spiderweb Panacea for the ride. We’ll pull the electric and make sure all of the batteries are up to the top, cut any power to everything except the bilge pump. We are also going to help who needs help and keep everyone safe.
We are also inviting anyone that needs a place on the floor of our home to come on over and get off their boats.
I’ve got a charter scheduled for tomorrow. I guess I’d better give them a call. I don’t think I’m going to make that one.
Here’s the updated photo of Isaac as of 8:00 a.m. If you don’t see it at this time, I’ll make sure it’s up before I leave for the marina.
Well the good news is, at least for us in SW Florida is as of the 11:00 a.m. National Hurricane Centers forecast is that Isaac is moving a little more to the west as time progresses. For us, it means less wind and water. We are still going to get the left side of the storm so late Sunday, Monday and into Tuesday, we are going to have an interesting early week.
At this point, we are taking the storm seriously. We have plenty of water, food, candles, flashlights, emergency radios and two way CB, VHF and SSB communication equipment. We are watching and gathering all the information we can and making decisions hourly as to what precautions to take at what time.
Today, I’m reading the house and boat for a tropical storm. We are putting anything that will turn into a projectile in the garage. We are helping the neighbors do the same. We are tying down anything else that may fly through windows and such.
Tomorrow will be the time I make the decision of wether to take down sails, solar panels and such, but we will have Saturday and Sunday to finish up the prep.
Here’s another good link that is loaded with different models for storms. Mike puts out a good page of info. It is very graphic intensive and loads slow, but the results are worth the wait. Has a lot of stuff from everywhere all in the same place. Helps us to understand where and when things happen.
Just going to bed and wanted to show you the difference in last nights track and tonight’s.
He looks like he is heading more to the west now. That’s good. At this point that’s a good thing for our storm serge here in Fort Myers Beach. We will catch the east side of Ivan which is usually the side that gets a heck of a lot of water and wind, but the serge will be less which translates into less damage from water.
Well, we’re starting to get emails and calls about our safety here in Fort Myers Beach so it’s time to start keeping you updated on the skinny that’s happening down here in paradise.
Tropical Storm Isaac is brewing in the Atlantic Ocean and the track as of 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 22 is that it is heading to Cuba. At that point it may swing west to the Yucatan Peninsula, east to the Atlantic side of Miami, or if it stays on the track it’s on now, he’s coming to Fort Myers, Lee County.
So we are watching closely.
The plan at this point is to watch until Friday and then make the call to strip the boat, add more dock lines and get her ready for a projected category 1 hurricane. Until then, life goes on here.
We have a dinner party tonight with some great friends that are leaving for Ohio on Friday. (Hmmm, did they know something that we didn’t?) And I’m taking a half day sailing charter out tomorrow. Sailing in Fort Myers Beach as normal.
We never take these things lightly though. We are making lists, making sure we have plenty of batteries and radios. Checking the first aid supplies and making plan A, B’s and C’s.
I’ll keep you updated as things progress. Even if it doesn’t give us a direct hit, Isaac is big. Monday will be an interesting day for us here. At the least wind and lots of rain…
Thanks for checking in here and please leave your comments and suggestions below. This is an interactive blog you know. I’ll answer questions and give advice if you have a problem or two.
Well I’m sitting at my desk. In my house. Alex is varnishing. I’m watching weather and trying to move people around in the rainy season. Summer is here in Fort Myers Beach Florida.
I love this part of the world but in summer, everyday, we get those afternoon showers AND sometimes in the morning. It’s all good. We need the rain, but it sure keeps me on my toes when people call and demand a Sunset Celebration Sail but 95% of them are just canceled. Just like that. There not on my online Availability Calendar, but people want ’em. Really I can’t blame ’em because when one does pop out in the summer sky, it’s absolutely incredible with the clouds and moisture there is nothing like it, but they really are few and far between in timing Panacea to get in and out of port.
So maintenance is the word for the season. We’re cleaning, varnishing, changing fluids, putting in new LED lighting, changing some running rigging, just had the sails re-sewed, getting ready for wax and just general upkeep to make her pretty and nice for your next visit.
On another note, I’m not at the MN Renaissance Festival this year. I wasn’t offered a contract, so I’m here in Florida and Pat is flying in and out of MN to take care of the Garlic Shop at the festival. I sure miss her around here. BUT I did find out that all the dishes in the cupboards can fit into the two sinks in the kitchen. Who’d of thunk. Also the toilet seat is up every time I walk in there. Now that’s pretty convenient. I’ve noticed today that I can change clothes anywhere in the house that I want because there seems to be a set of clothes on the back of each chair in the house. How cool is that. I have a feeling that there will have to be some changes made before she gets home. The dinning room makes a great sewing room too.
My back is getting much stronger. I’m being careful and it seems to be working out. Maggie keeps me walking a lot and I’ve been eating well so it’s starting to show. Now time to join the gym and build up those core muscles that have been loosing shape for the past couple of years because of the pain. Slow and sure steps to a better life.
My friend Capt. Dan added a new attraction at Salty Sam’s this year. He’s got a jet boat now and is going to take folks out and pump up their adrenaline up. It’s a fast little boat that will add to your excitement when you come down next time. You can check it out at http://www.JetBoatFun.com. It holds 11 people and is an hour ride. Have fun.
I’m in the middle of changing up my marketing plan here in the area. With all the “on the water” opportunities it looks like I’m going to have to compete a little more with everyone. We have schooners that take out 18 to 25 guests at a time, a paddle wheeler that takes a ton of people out for bay rides and sunset cruises. We’ve got a Pirate Ship that takes up to 90 people out a few times a day and I hear we have a guy bringing in little boats that follow the leader round the bay for a tour, four sailboat sixpackers and a motor boat or two doing sunset cruises, as well as jet skis, pontoon and other boat rentals. It’s not quite like it was a few years ago with Capt. Dave and myself so this is giving you lots of options here.
To tell you the truth, I love it! It’s new fresh energy for Fort Myers Beach and it is going to boost the economy as well as create a stir to get people out on the water.
So as for us here at FantaSea Sailing, we are gearing up for a great season. I’m choppin’ fruit, putting together new music playlists, putting on new strings on my guitar, keeping a new deck of cards onboard and offering you the boat that has the best decks in town. Lots of sun, lots of shade and comfort. We have a ball and want you to come and play with us again and again.
We are setting up “Just Another Sail” – Our new frequent sailing punch card. We have locals that have been asking for this for years and now it’s time to put it together for them and everyone else that visits us more than once which seems to be the case. Watch the website for details as we continue figuring out how much we can give away.
We will be offering “Coupons” up online too. It’s called, “Click & Spend.” Yep, you still have to buy a ticket, but with your coupon, it will save you money. Watch for the links on the website coming out soon also.
Do you have a party of 6? Book ’em at the same time and we will knock 10% right off the top. That’s $36.00 of rum money, right back in your pocket.
We are putting together some very tasty, “All Inclusive” overnight sails for two. The perfect way to do a birthday, anniversary or maybe just a hook up. I’m just the captain so give me a call and let me get your room ready.
As for our normal rates… I’m thinking they will stay the same as they have been for years. At this time of the World, that’s really good news.
So we are adding a few things and not taking anything away. Our motto is: You call as a client, board as a friend and leave as family. It’s just the way we do business. You are never considered a “one time shot” with us, because we know once you’ve sailed with us, you are going to come back. For that we are thankful and grateful. We promise to treat you the way we expect to be treated. It just doesn’t get much better than that.
So there’s a season for everything. Summer season is time to clean up and get ready for you. School season is rockin’. Those kids are now back at the books. The sailing season is right around the corner and as Jimmy Buffett says, “There ain’t no reason to hurricane season.” So enjoy the season. We are looking forward to seeing you soon.
We will continue to be your premier sailing experience in Fort Myers Beach Florida. Your safety and comfort is the most important thing to us and we are here for you. We have a bell and whistle.
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