If you don’t already have a boat hurricane plan in place, don’t panic. Preparing for the boat hurricane this season is essential. There are several practical tips on how to prepare your boat for hurricanes and be safe as you prepare for severe weather. Here is a hurricane preparation list of expert tips to help you work on your boat hurricane plan:
1. Know your coverage
Find out about your insurance policy and port contract so you know how to prepare your boat. According to West Marine, your policy can pay up to 50 percent of the cost of towing or moving your boat prior to a hurricane. Some marinas require you to pull your boat from a storm to protect your boat and the marina.
2. Prepare boat for hurricane
Store your boat on land on a hill. An MIT study after Hurricane Gloria found that boats stored on land were far more likely to survive unscathed than boats stored in the water. As noted by Boat US, some boats are particularly vulnerable, particularly small open boats with low freeboard that are likely to be inundated by heavy rainfall.
3. If necessary, bog wisely
If the bog is part of the boat’s hurricane plan, try to locate it in an area of minimal range where the waves are the closest to build-up. Channels are ideal as the lines can run from either side to keep the boat from hitting the dock. Remember that the wind will swirl around as the storm progresses. So make sure your boat is protected from a wide variety of wind angles. “Hurricane Holes” offer protection because they are completely enclosed.
4. Secure your boat on a trailer
Learning how to secure a boat on a trailer during hurricane season and move boats on trailers near your home is really important. Weigh them. Attach the trailer securely to the trailer and anchor it to the floor or in the house with lashing straps. Let air out of the trailer tires.
5. Anchor your boat in a sheltered harbor
The ground should allow a good anchor hold. An advantage of anchoring is that the boat can more easily respond to wind and water changes without hitting docks or other boats than when it is moored. This option requires heavy and additional anchors, and there should be enough line to allow a minimum of 10: 1 girth for each anchor.
5. Stay vigilant
Get the latest local information about your state and go through your hurricane prep list as you track upcoming hurricanes.
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