06 Sep Hurricane Prep for Your Boat

This year it looks like we’re getting thrown headfirst into Hurricane Season. So it’s time to buckle down and get your house and belongings ready. But what about your boat? There’s a few steps you can take to best prepare your boat for an incoming storm.

Before and After Pictures

First and foremost, all wraps can be replaced and repaired if you’re covered under boat owner insurance. Take before pictures of your boat and wrap. After the hurricane is over, take after pictures so you can legitimize any damage and when it happened. Speaking of boat owner insurance, it’s very important to know your coverage. Some policies may provide up to 50 percent of the hauling or moving cost prior to a hurricane.

Safest Place for Your Boat

If possible, get your boat out of the water. The best technique to store your boat for a hurricane is to strap your boat to a secure anchor, such as helical anchors drilled into the ground. Use straps with little or no stretch to prevent your lines from stretching and causing more damage. If you can’t strap down your boat, another good option is to store your boat ashore on high ground. The higher the better. Another great option is to have your boat stored on a dry-stack, as long as these stacks can withstand hurricane strength winds.
Don’t leave boat in boat lift as it can get blown away. If you do have to leave boat in water, make sure that all your mooring lines are secured and you put your bumpers out. If you’re using a floating dock, put fender cushions around your boat, especially when you tie it tight.

Helpful Tips

1. It’s better to have a hurricane plan way before one actually hits. The sooner you have a comprehensive plan, the better. Stay ahead of the storms.
2. Now is the perfect time to replace any of your old and worn dock lines. Changing these lines will greatly reduce any line breaking, further protecting your boat.
3. It’s also a good idea to reduce wind damage to your boat by removing any canvas or anything that can catch wind, like mainsail covers, mainsails, dodgers, and biminis.