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Storm warning!

Anybody in the Mid-Atlantic region and points south and west knows that we just went through a truly terrible winter storm. Some of the videos I saw were wild, one included a shrink wrapped boat, on it’s trailer, floating away as the water crested over 8 feet above mean high tide thanks to the nor-easter that accompanied all the snow.

During all this, we lost power. Everyone around us had power, just my street went dark due to a transformer that blew up during the wee hours of Saturday morning. Power came back today (sunday) so that left about 36 hours of in the dark and in the cold for us.

Candles, borrowed power from neighbors who still had theirs, and a little ingenuity kept us warm(ish). One of them was something I never thought I would need outside of Flirt.. my Origo Alcohol stove. Filled up and placed on the stove, it’s heat did a lot to keep the areas of the house we were in warmer than 60 degrees without too much effort.. and half a pint of alcohol ran for a surprisingly long time.

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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  1. Haha, awesome!! What part of the NE are you in? I just finished digging out the driveway, glad I wasn’t on a boat or in one of the areas were the tide rose!! But all in all, not too bad for me here on eastern Long Island! I love the seasprite 23, by the way, but it’s a bit small for me as I am looking to live aboard and voyage full time. I looked at her big sister the SS28 but alas, she was too far gone for my skills. Whoever snags her though (that has the skills to rebuild what needs it) will get a steal!

    • Down by Atlantic city. Across the bay from the barrier islands. We can literally see Ventnor and margate (the towns south of AC) from the end of the street.

      I agree about the SS23. It’s a great little boat.. but I want a 28 footer for extended cruising in a couple of years.. but don’t tell flirt that

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