06 Sep ‘Tis the Season: Hurricane Preparation Tips for Your Boat
On Long Island, we are no strangers to hurricanes, so if you own a boat that means sooner or later, you will have to deal with the threat of a major storm. Because the threat of a hurricane is a relatively common occurrence if you own a boat you need to have a plan of action. It is vital for anyone part of the marine community to take proactive and timely measures to help limit the chances of injury and damage.
Remember, proper preparation is essential. Don’t learn the lesson the hard way, take stock of them now before nature dishes it out. To help with the preparation process, check out these helpful hurricane preparation tips for your boat.
1. Have a plan and practice it to ensure that it works. Also, identify and gather the supplies and equipment that you will need in case of a hurricane. Don’t wait until one is identified. Otherwise, you may be looking at empty shelves.
2. If you don’t already have boat insurance, purchase some. The damage sustained to your boat during a hurricane can cost far more than boat insurance.
3. Make sure you review your marine insurance policy before disaster strikes. Some insurance companies have certain stipulations that you have to follow. The last thing you want after a hurricane is finding out you violated the policy.
4. Review your lease or rental agreement with your boat’s storage facility and with the marina. The Same rule applies as above. You don’t want to learn an expensive lesson the hard way, so make sure you know and understand your liabilities and responsibilities.
5. Take note of the inventory on your boat, including items that you have removed, as well as items that are left on board. In addition, take note of your items of value. This can help you down the road if you need to file a claim with your insurance company.
6. If your boat is located at a marina berth, make sure you double your lines and attach your lines high on the pilings. By doing so, you allow for tidal surge so choose the pilings that look the strongest and are the tallest.
7. Protect your boat from rubbing against other objects by installing tires, fenders, or fender boards. It is important to safeguard your boat from rubbing up against pilings, the pier, and even other boats.
8. Prevent chafing by covering up all of your lines at rough points and where lines feed through chocks. You can wrap your lines with leather, rags, rubber hoses, or tape.
9. Make sure that your batteries are fully charged. You will need them to have enough juice so it can run the bilge pump during the duration of the hurricane. If necessary, consider having backup batteries.
10. Disconnect shore power cables and shut off all devices that consume electricity, except for the bilge pump. In addition, remove and secure all portable equipment. For the items, you cannot remove, tie them down, so they are less likely to be destroyed during the storm.