When people think about sailing, images of sun, sea and beautiful crisp blue waters come to mind – hurricane preparedness certainly isn’t imagined! Unfortunately, the sun isn’t always shining. Sometimes, there are grey ominous skies, brown churning waters, tidal surges and fierce winds. To make sure your boat weathers the storm, it’s important to have a plan and work the plan.
Within this Boat Safety: Hurricane Preparedness guide you’ll find checklists on:
- how to create a plan that once executed will give your boat the greatest chance for survival (27 steps)
- how to physically prepare the boat (in a marina or anchored) before the hurricane/tropical storm hits (22 actions)
- what to do before you leave the boat (in a marina or anchored) – last minute checks (11 things)
- what to do if you decide to stay on the boat while in an anchorage (7 considerations)
- a list of useful hurricane preparedness supplies (14 supplies)
Consider the cost of your insurance deductible…and then consider the cost of this guide. Which one would you rather pay for?
As with all my guides if you don’t find that the information provided in the Boat Safety: Hurricane Preparedness guide is valuable, I will happily refund your money. No questions asked.
Examples from the Boat Safety: Hurricane Preparedness guide
- Read your tropical storm clauses in your insurance policy to understand your coverage (it might impact what you leave on and/or take off the boat prior to a hurricane hitting). It might also make an impact on what you do with your boat. Some insurance companies serve penalties if you’re in a hurricane zone during hurricane season. Also insurance companies may not fully cover you when staying in a marina if the marina is inadequate to weather a hurricane.
- Consider getting back-up batteries. How long will your boat last without electricity or running the engine/generator? How long will the batteries last if the bilge is running continuously? (Just something to think about).
- If you decide to keep your sails up, wrap your jib sheets around the jib to secure the sail as much as possible. If your jib is not perfectly wound, with only the tiniest bit of material sticking out, it will rip. Instead of using the sheets you can also use zip ties. For the mainsail, if covered along the boom, use sail ties to secure it to the boom.
- Strip beds and turn up mattresses so they won’t get soaked if a window breaks open.
Leaving the boat section
- Grab the phone number of anyone that has decided to stay on his or her boat during the storm (not something I suggest but some people do it). By having a boat owner’s number you might be able to get updates about the storm, condition of the marina and your boat.
Total pages: 15 US letter pages. Includes over 80 action steps and or helpful checklist items to help you to prepare for a hurricane/typhoon/tropical storm.