The second half of the year brings the possibility of a hurricane to the Atlantic Coast. Hurricane season is still here and you’ve prepped your home and surrounding areas in the event of an emergency, but have you properly prepared your boat? Where would you store it and how is it secure? Ensuring that your boat is secure during a hurricane will save you the expense of fixing the damage later on. If you don’t already have a marina in Stuart, now is the time to find one. To be safer than sorry – and costly – these tips will help you prep your boat during hurricane season.
Take note of your marina policy and insurance plan. Some marina will encourage storage prior to storm and some insurances contribute to 50% of the cost of hauling.
Begin a checklist of items and techniques that you need to efficiently prepare your boat for safety. It is suggested that you keep your boat on land rather than docking.
You don’t have to be a meteorologist to be in the know about the storm. Have your radio on and a storm tracker readily available at all times.
Store on Land
If you know a hurricane is approaching, it’s best to store your boat on land. When you store on land, to reinforce the wind, you’ll want to locate the jack stands along the hull. Securely fasten your jackstands to the ground. In the event you have softer ground, plywood pads will keep them from sinking.
Depending on if you anchor out and the size of the waves, you may need more than one anchor. Unlike other storms and squalls, the anchor and rod take quite a beating during a hurricane. Boats on mooring are especially susceptible to damage and need proper anchoring for security. Helix anchors hold between 12,000 and 20,000 pounds, and are considered the most efficient anchor for hurricane prep.
Replace and Use Longer Lines
Dock lines wear over time. They get tattered and frayed and need to be changed for newer, stronger lines. Before the hurricane hits, you should changes your old lines. This will reduce the chances for breakage. If you’re mooring to a fixed dock, use longer lines to encourage your boat to float upward rather than sinking due to shorter lines.
It’s never too early to prep for a hurricane. Whether you have questions about docking or are inquiring on a new boat, your local marina can help. Get connected with the right marina in Stuart before a catastrophe hits. They’re an authorized dealer with experience in carpentry services, welding and fabrication, and more. Call us today for a quote on your storage spot!