Once the period away stretches to a month or more, we take even more precautions. We evaluate how secure the anchorage is in a really strong weather event. How safe will the boat be if there are hurricane-force winds?
We prefer an anchorage that has minimal fetch so seas can't build up. Current and tidal range need to be reviewed, and we will want to be sure that dangers from other vessels are minimal.
If there are prevailing gale force winds from one direction, we try to pick a spot that has minimal fetch in that direction, and perhaps some form of a wind break from shore features.
If the anchorage of choice is located along a river, we check on the propensity for flooding (20 years ago the Keri Keri river in New Zealand flooded, washing out several dozen attended and unattended boats in the process).
Roller-furled headsails are dropped, bricked, and stowed below.
Sail covers are wrapped with light line to keep them in place if it really starts to howl.
We make sure that docklines have heavy chafing gear (vinyl reinforced hose slipped over the dockline works wonders), and that spare lines are easily accessible to whomever is watching the boat for us.
If the fridge is loaded, it may be easier to give away the food rather than deal with someone having to keep the batteries charged.
We also check all the floorboards and lockers, and lift bunk mattresses to promote air flow while the boat is closed up.
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