Stow it! (lessons learned in 21 mph winds)

Next time some one tells you to “Stow it!” they might be giving you good advice, at least if you’re on a boat..

We crossed from the Moorings marina in Road Town on Tortola, to North Sound on Virgin Gorda on Easter Sunday. The waves were only 3 ft or so, but with winds over 20 mph, we had a pretty rough crossing. The coffee press ended up on the floor and lots of stuff we’d never stowed before shifted and bounced.

At one point, I looked out at the front deck and saw that our lines, boat hook and 2 scrub brushes were sloshing around in 6 or 7 inches of water. Larry slowed the boat down and I crept out on my bottom to retrieve and stow the swimming gear.


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