Five days before she hit American soil, I blew down to Miami to prepare my boat for the onslaught of Hurricane Irma. Well, actually I flew up and down on jet blue skies seated on American Airlines to secure and prep my 40-foot cat for a catastrophic category 5–6 hurricane. How does one ready a boat for the huge tidal surges, destructive gusts and torrential rain? It's an effort much more moving than relocating a vessel to a safer, more protective location. Prepping for a hurricane is something akin to readying for a battle. Since there are few safe places when Force 12 winds blow through town, finding an ideal safe spot is in itself no easy endeavor. Then there are the sails, lines and sheets, anchors and the tenders.