Another very short post:
Not many times in my life have I ever felt this intensely grateful or this acutely relieved. We have gotten back to the boat and she has no damage of any kind and is sitting exactly the way we left her.
When we walked away from her two days ago the probabity of escaping a cat 4 direct hit were not in our favor. It seemed to grow more ominous as the hours passed and new tracks came in, but in the very last hours of approach we were spared. The slightest wobble kept the eye of Matthew far enough offshore that we not only avoided landfall but almost all the serious hurricane strength winds remained off shore too. Lucky, is a word I keep repeating.
I have much more to write bouncing around in my head right now, but instead need to go start reassembling our boat. Inside we can’t find the floor or a place to sit under the sails, solar panels, surfboards, engine hoists, and everything else. I am happily off to go make our boat our home again.