How to Prep Your Boat for a Hurricane | Boating

How to Prep Your Boat for a Hurricane | Boating


Hi, my name is Toby Stull and I’m captain
with Out in the Water Sailing. We’re an adventure sports sailing company,
providing charters, sailing lessons, vessel training and consulting. Please visit our website at www.out-sailing.com. We’re here today in Liberty Harbor to talk
about boating. It’s every boater’s nightmare to see that
storm coming and you’re not prepared. Every year hurricanes destroy boats and cause
millions of dollars in damages in marinas around the world. The first part of preparing your boat for
a hurricane is having a plan before you even see one coming your way. Are you in a protected harbor? Do you need to move your boat? If your boat is not in a protected safe harbor,
a hurricane hole if you will, have a plan of where your boat is gonna go. Have a marina that you have a relationship
with that knows you’ll be showing up if that hurricane arrives. Have a safe harbor picked out where your boat
will be as safe as it can be when the storm comes. Call your insurance company. Many insurance companies will pay the expense
to haul your boat. Watch the weather closely. As the storm draws close, but not too close,
go down to your boat and retie your lines. Take off your canvas or any type of windage
that could put additional strain on your boat when the storm comes through. As the storm passes, don’t succumb to the
temptation to ride it out on your boat. While we know how much you love your boat,
catastrophe could strike and your boat could get ruined. If your boat were to break free during a hurricane,
being aboard is the last place you wanna be.

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