The key to protecting your boat from hurricanes or any severe threatening weather is planning, preparation and timely action. Each boat owner needs a plan unique to the type of boat, the local boating environment, and the severe weather conditions likely to occur.
- Never stay aboard your boat during a hurricane.
- Contact local marinas and ask for advice. You will find marina operators knowledgeable and helpful. They can advise you on the best methods for securing your boat.
- Remove small boats from the water and move them to a secure location. Ensure the trailer and boat are secured above likely flood areas.
- Remove all loose items.
- Ensure the boat is tied securely to the trailer.
If your boat is too large to be removed from the water, move it to a safe haven well before the storm approaches.
- Double up and secure mooring lines.
- Secure all hatches and portals and cover windscreens.
- Take down mast whenever possible.
- Remove all loose items from decks and superstructure and from area around mooring. Leave nothing unsecured.
- Never forget that storms move quickly and they are unpredictable. You can always replace a boat; you cannot replace a life.