St. Augustine man rode out storm in boat in St. Johns River

Man says he would do it again

By Allyson Henning - Reporter

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A St. Augustine man decided not to leave town, instead riding out Irma at home on his boat.

Both his 45- and 50-foot boats broke loose during the storm making for a scary few days on the water.
He captured parts of his experience on camera.

"We thought we had it made," Dwight Bacon said. "We rode it out last night and that was bad. But at 9 o'clock this morning we are starting to think we had it made. Ten after nine, we look at each other. This (expletive) went downhill."

People who live on Jack Wright Island Road in St. Augustine had to deal with downed trees, power outages and flooding after Irma swept through the area, but Bacon had to deal with a boat-load of other problems during and after the storm.

He and his dog live on the water, where he has lived for the past six years.

When Irma came through North Florida, he battened down his hatches and hunkered down. 

"I survived it but it gave me a spanking. It gave me a spanking that I don't get very often," Bacon said. "I was trying to keep fenders down here because the trawler wanted to get on the dock. It broke free.  everybody says why don't you leave? I'm not gonna leave my boats. I would've left, they would be destroyed."

Bacon says Irma didn’t cut him a break.

"At 8:30, I thought we had survived it,' Bacon said. "I looked down and (water) was shooting through the slats. And I looked back, and here comes the wind. 65-plus all day."

He says Irma beat him up until 6 p.m. Monday.

He rode it out during Hurricane Matthew, and now Irma, too. He says he would do it again, but he wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.

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