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Preparing Your Boat For A Hurricane

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Every marina has different rules for what must be done by boat owners in
the face of an approaching hurricane. In the wake of Katrina and Wilma,
states are beginning to pass laws requiring boat owners to prepare their
boats in certain ways. In light of all this information, some of it
conflicting, what are the most important things a boat owner must know to
protect themselves and their boat during a hurricane?

There are two basic rules that most experts agree offer the mos...


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Boat, boating, hurricane, minimize damage


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Every marina has different rules for what must be done by boat owners in
the face of an approaching hurricane. In the wake of Katrina and Wilma,
states are beginning to pass laws requiring boat owners to prepare their
boats in certain ways. In light of all this information, some of it
conflicting, what are the most important things a boat owner must know to
protect themselves and their boat during a hurricane?

There are two basic rules that most experts agree offer the most
important advice. First, plan ahead for what you will do when a hurricane
approaches. That means checking your contract with your marina to see
what they require and checking with your state for any additional
regulations. You should also check with your boat insurance company to
see if they have regulations that may affect your coverage. Conduct a dry
run during the off-season to be sure you fully understand how much time
is necessary to move or prepare your boat.

Second, under no circumstances is it safe to attempt to ride out a
hurricane in your boat. There is a persistent myth that being on a boat
in open water is safer than being on land during a hurricane, but the
facts do not bear it out. Hurricane winds and tides can carry boats far
inland or even sink them. Your boat is not worth risking your life.

Moving your boat is always the best way to prevent damage if at all
possible. However, this requires arranging for inland storage space well
ahead of time. Also, many boat owners are not aware that drawbridges are
often locked down before a hurricane to facilitate the evacuation of
people from low-lying areas. This increases the importance of moving your
boat as soon as a hurricane watch is issued for your area.

Some areas have flotilla plans in place in order to move the maximum
number of boats in the shortest time. Your local emergency management
office will issue flotilla information in advance of a hurricane. If you
are planning on joining a flotilla, be sure that your boat is properly
maintained and fueled.

If moving your boat is not a possibility there are some simple things you
can do to minimize damage. Remove all portable items from your boat such
as electronics, antennas, dinghies, sun shades, oars or any other item
that may blow around and cause damage. Be sure that any remaining items
are securely lashed down. Obtain rope and other supplies to secure your
boat well in advance as these items may be in short supply before a
storm.

				
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