Folks along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico start get- ting a little nervous right about now. While the 2017 hurricane season officially started June 1, activity really starts to pick
up around mid-August through mid-October. Historically, September 10 is
the peak. If you’ve put off planning for
what you’ll do in the event of a storm, it’s
not too late. We’re here to help.
Make a new plan, Stan
If you own a boat, the first step in developing a preparation plan is to review
your dock contract for language that
may require you to take certain steps
when a hurricane threatens. Ask the
marina manager what hurricane plan the
marina has in place.
94 | BoatU.S. Magazine AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2017
This issue: Weather 94 | Hurricane preparation
100 | BoatU.S. Alerts!
BoatU.S. Marine Insurance claim-file data shows that choosing the most
storm-worthy location possible and having your plan ready before a hurricane warning is posted can significantly
reduce the probability of damage. Our
BoatU.S. claim records show that damage is usually due to one or more of
the following: rain, wind, waves, and
exceptionally high water, in proportions
rarely experienced by boaters. Keep in
mind that in the day or two before an
approaching storm, marinas and chandleries may be swamped, and drawbridges will be busy and eventually have
to shut down to allow traffic to evacuate.
Start your preparations early.
Hop on the bus, Gus
At home: Trailerable boats have the
If a storm is on the way, get trailer boats
as far away from the coast as you can
and, if possible, stake the boat and trailer
to the ground.
Hurricane prep 101
We know that at least some parts of the U.S. will be affected by tropical storms.
Having a hurricane plan in place and knowing how to execute it are the best ways
to get your boat to come through unscathed BY CHARLES FORT