What should I do if my vessel is kept at a marina?
- Remember, you, the owner, are responsible for YOUR vessel even if you keep it at a marina.
- Check the marina’s hurricane plan.
- Review the marina’s procedures as to what YOU must do in the event of a hurricane.
- Follow the same procedures listed below for a vessel that is in a slip or dock.
- Make sure your batteries are charged and are capable of running your automatic bilge pumps during the storm. Determine if you will need backup batteries. Turn off all electrical devices to conserve battery power for your bilge pump.
- Check and double all lines with rigging crossing spring lines fore and aft. For tidal rise and surge be sure your lines are attached high on the pilings and attached securely so lines will not slip off. Protect all lines from chafing with tape, rags, rubber hoses, etc.
- Use fenders for protection from the pier, pilings and other boats.
How should I protect my yacht/boat if it is kept in a slip or at a dock?
- Use mooring lines larger than your normal dock lines as your primary lines. Use your every day dock lines as secondary lines.
- If your boat is in a slip, the slip should be 140% of the beam of the boat, and the piling should be no less than 6’ above your rubrail at mean high water.
- Cross tie across a North/South facing canal if possible.
- Ensure that boats tied “up wind” of you are tied equally as well as your boat.
- Inform neighbors of your cross tying, so you do not block in anyone.
- The dock line should wrap around pilings twice and then finished with three half hitches.
- Ensure that the cleats on the vessel are anchored properly, thru bolted with large backing plates, and that cleats are of adequate size.
- Protect all lines from chafing with a piece of plastic hose.
What do I need to know if my boat is kept on a trailer?
- Determine if you will need to haul your boat to a safe area.
- Check over your trailer completely including tires, bearings, axels, etc. so that if you need to relocate your boat, your trailer is travel ready.
- Select a safe place to store your boat and trailer, such as between buildings.
- You may want to consider letting half of the air out of the trailer tires and filling the boat 1/3 full of water to help hold it down. To protect your trailer’s springs, place blocks between the frame members and the axle in-side each wheel.
- Tie the boat down to the trailer.
- Tie the trailer to trees or any other stationary objects with heavy lines securing the boat from all four direc-tions. You may want to use screw anchors secured in the ground.
How should I protect my boat if it is on a lift?
- Remove electric motor covers.
- Cover motors with heavy plastic.
- Run the lift as high as possible.
- Tie the boat to the lift.
- Tie the lift to the piling to eliminate swaying.
- Make sure the drain plug is removed from the boat so it does not fill with water and become too heavy for the lift capacity.
- Plug the engine exhaust (inboard engines).
Remember first and foremost, safeguard human life. Do NOT stay aboard your vessel.
Make sure you have done all that can be done to secure your vessel in anticipation of the storm.
This post contains general information only. It is not a substitute for advice from a safety expert or legal counsel.