Boat Preparation

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Additional preparation and planning is required if you have a boat. Whether you trailer, moor, or anchor, additional equipment will be needed. Here are a few tips to help boaters develop their own hurricane preparedness plan:

  • Purchase and stow line specifically for hurricane use. As a general rule, line should be twice the diameter of your normal line.
  • Monitor National Weather Service marine broadcasts - pay close attention to local TV and radio for information on how the hurricane will affect our area.
  • All boat hurricane preparations should be completed 48 hours before a hurricane arrives.
  • Secure all hatches and tape all windows from the inside.
  • Check the batteries for a full charge and make sure bilge pumps are working.
  • Shut off all fuel lines and close thru hull fittings.
  • Remove all electronics to prevent destruction or theft.
  • If can remove the boat from the water and secure both boat and trailer to high land. Trailer should be firmly anchored to prevent or minimize damage.
  • If you have a boat at a dock, DO NOT STAY ON YOUR BOAT! Remove all articles on deck including top, side curtains, sails and dinghies. If possible un-step the mast and secure it ashore. Double up lines including spring lines. Use several cleats to distribute the load on the boat. Allow as much line as possible for tide and storm surge. Disconnect electric, water, and other connections from the dock.
  • If you will be anchoring out, DO NOT STAY ON YOUR BOAT! Have a pre-planned "hurricane hole". Avoid shoal areas and look for areas with high embankments.
  • Make sure your insurance is up to date and adequate for your needs.