I don't know anyone named Irma and don't want to meet anyone named Irma--especially a hurricane! Linda just got a notice from NOAA to put us on alert that Irma is very dangerous and heading our way. Rascal is in Curaçao--tied to a dock with multiple lines and fenders and approved by our insurance company as hurricane ready--which means nothing if a category 4 plows through. We'll see. The good news is that there hasn't been a serious hurricane in Curaçao since 1877. The bad news is "So what?"
After our 3-day, 400 mile journey from the Eastern Caribbean to Western Caribbean, we arrived in Bonaire--one of three islands making up the "ABC's" (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.) And what beauty. Linda winched me up to the top of our main mast and I was able to get a terrific view of the town of Kralendijk and other boats on their moorings.
Got this selfie while at the top of the mast. Linda and I both wear earphones (connected by bluetooth) so we can talk. The earphones are especially helpful when we're anchoring. Among cruisers, the earphones are called "marriage savers," named because you can talk calmly with each other and not scream epithets (for the whole anchorage to hear) when one of you messes up...
The water was about the clearest water we've seen in the Caribbean anywhere. Rascal is on a mooring (anchoring is not allowed) very close to shore. Easy to see where it gets deeper.
Rick and Linda Grimes bought a sailboat and left the U S of A for the Caribbean in 2015.