asp); does your marina provide anchor
points in the ground? Many yards require
non-refundable large deposits, well in
advance, to “reserve” a space ashore.
TRAILERED BOATS: If your boat can
be trailered, this gives you the option
of getting it to high ground, well above
any surge. Is your trailer road ready?
That means wheels, bearings, brakes, and
lights. Is your tow vehicle ready? Know
which launch ramp you’ll use and how
much time it may take to get your boat
there and hauled. Keep in mind that lines
may form before a storm.
MOORED BOATS: Have your mooring inspected seasonally. Is the mushroom or block amply buried? Studies
have demonstrated superior holding from
helix-type moorings ( www.BoatUS.com/
Hurricanes/ moorings1.asp); consider
having one installed. Is all of your chain
in good shape? Is there ample scope to
account for surge? Do you have a second
pendant ready to install (or preferably
already installed) as a backup against
chafe on your primary pendant?
ANCHORED BOATS: Find your best
hurricane hole. Does it protect against
waves from every direction even with an
extra high storm surge? Is the holding
ground sufficient? Will it be too crowd-
ed? For storm-anchor systems, see “At
a Mooring, at Anchor, or Both” (www.
Storm’s First Reports
Only a few storms are destructive in any
one region; many more are supremely
inconvenient. When a forecast shows a
wide range of possible landfalls, it’s human
nature to assume the storm will miss you.
But avoid taking that bait. The first day
your boat’s location is in the storm’s
possible track – that’s the day to start
■ Rearrange your schedule for the next
few days to allow for storm prep.
■ Gather chafe gear for docklines,
mooring pendants, or anchor rode.
Duct tape and rags are not sufficient.
Commercial products such as Chafe-Pro have been proven to work in
■ Gather any tools you’ll need to remove
gear or electronics from the boat.
MARINA BOATS: Check in with the
marina manager; coordinate your plans.
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Make sure marina staff can reach you on
short notice (cellphone, email).
TRAILERED BOATS: Confirm that the
trailer and tow vehicle are ready to go.
MOORED BOATS: Locate any extra
pendants, chafe gear, shackles or any
other gear you’ll need to beef up your
attachment to the mooring.
ANCHORED BOATS: Choose your hur-
ricane hole. Gather all the equipment
(extra anchors, chain, rode, chafe gear)
you’ll need for a storm-anchor system.
If a whole day has passed and your boat
is still in the storm’s possible track, it’s
time to act. Some marinas require you
to execute your storm plan more than
72 hours before the predicted landfall.
Check for bridge closures due to the
storm. This is the time to think through
a storm’s four threats: wind, rain, waves,
and surge. What can you do to mitigate
each of those?
PREPARE FOR WAVES: If your boat
remains in a marina, keep in mind that
sandbars and breakwaters may be covered
by the surge, exposing your boat to the
waves’ full force. If waves are a possible