Welcome to the gang. Have a great and long retiement. I will be joining you in 10(?) years. Who knows, we may bump into each other somewhere.
I can sympathise with you regarding the typhon issue. Many years ago I was a cadet aboard a 12,000 ton cargo /passenger liner. We lay at A2 buoy in Hong Kong. It was supposed to be typhoon safe but we received a warning of an approaching tyhoon the old man (master/captain) announced that we were putting to sea. I was on my first trip to sea andI thought he was cracking up. He, on the other hand, had had a lifetime of experience on the China coast.
So, we put to see and battened down best we could. The typhoon arrived and for 36 hours we battled against it in the Taiwan Strait. The engine (it was a motor ship) ran without fault and we hove to with the wind about 30 degrees on the bow. By the time the typhoon had passed and the wind eased (there was still an awful swell running) we had been blown almost 100 NM astern. As soon as possible we returned to Hong Kong. What devisatation! appartment blocks had been swept away due to mud/landslides caused by torrential rain. Tweleve ships (if I remember rightly) had been washed ashore and many of these from typhoon buoys. We had suffered no dammage at all except for the loss of our awnings which we had not had a chance to take down - the crew having been despatched to secure more important and dangerous items.
The year was 1971 and the typhoon was named Rose.
I learnt a lot during those few days. I learned that the old man was right and I had been wrong. Above all else, I learned that there is no substitute for experience.
Enjoy you retirement and may the weather gods be with you