Hurricane Preparation for Boaters

By Patrick Farrell June 10, 2011

Hurricane Tips for Boaters

Now that it’s June, we’re officially into the Hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 – November 30.  If you’re a boat or water vessel owner it should be a top priority right now to create (or double check) your custom plan for your boat in case of a hurricane warning or watch.

This series of posts will contain informational pieces to advise you on the best options for your boat (or other water vessel) incase a hurricane is thought to be heading in your direction, so hopefully you won’t have to file a claim with your insurance.

Here’s what is coming up:

  1. ABC’s of Hurricanes- definitions, category explanations, differences between advisories, warnings, and watches, and why these things are important to you.
  2. Before the Storm – As the storm approaches how can you best be prepared?
    1. Location, Location, Location- Where to put your boat
      1. i.     Trailer
      2. ii.     Dry storage
      3. iii.     Water
        1. Dock
        2. Anchor
        3. Hurricane hole
  3. Strapping Down- Best ways to secure your boat
  4. Marine Safety- Find out what your marina does and/or requires you to do
  5. The Aftermath – After the storm
    1. What to always check for before starting your engine(s)
    2. If a claim is needed, what steps to take first.

Happy Boating!

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