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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.
Boats sit in a harbor on a sunny day.
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