It was a wild ride on the docks at Dunkirk. I didn’t get a lot of sleep as I constantly refreshed the radar map. At a normal dock and harbor this storm wouldn’t have been a problem but the docks were bad and there was a ricochet wave effect from the city pier.
The cleats were weak and not up to a 26K pound boat. I initially tied to the cleats but a local advised the poles. I switched. A few hours later another impassioned local told me my boat was in grave peril tied up as it was. I asked for his suggestions and help and he helped readjust the lines essentially creating a spider web with WhimSea in the middle. Thank god he did because rather than being underway to Buffalo I would be on the phone with the insurance company. The storm made WhimSea dance all night long.
There was one highlight in Dunkirk. It is the home town of a good friend of mine, Al Poweski. I was warmly welcomed by the cousins and went out for a Friday night fish fry. Cousin Rick is a bit of a boat enthusiast, he instantly fell in love with WhimSea and for a moment I thought I had found a crew!
Happy to be on the way to Buffalo and almost off the big water.
2 thoughts on “Dunkirk NY – A Tough Night on the Docks”
Omg! Thank goodness boat people are so helpful! That spiderweb thing sounds wild to imagine. Hope that the weather gods are good to u til u get on the canal!
Underway to Buffalo now and it is delightful!