Is Your Boat Hurricane Ready?

The 2017 hurricane season is well underway, and boy, has it been a crazy season so far. Harvey, Irma and Maria have all wrecked havoc on points south in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Though the northeast has been in the clear so far (knock on wood), it’s still relatively early in the season. With the rate things are going, there is certainly a chance that a hurricane could make its way up north.

Though not even the best meteorologist can predict what lies ahead, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Knowing what to do in the event that a hurricane does head our way and making preparations now can help to save you a tremendous amount of stress – and money – should one barrel up to the north.

Of course, your home is of utmost concern, but if you’re a boat owner, so is your vessel. Should a tropical system arrive, your boat could be in some serious danger.

To prevent the worst case scenario, here’s a look at some tips to help you ensure your craft will be safe and sound should a hurricane arrive this – or any other – season.

Create a Plan Now!

Even though there’s no way to tell if a storm will hit, it’s definitely a wise idea to have a plan of action in place. When you have a plan, you’ll avoid the anxiety and stress that can come along with trying to figure out how to prepare your vessel for the storm. You can get all of the gear that you will need together, avoid the frenzy that is sure to ensue should a storm be projected to hit, and spend the days prior to a storm’s arrival as efficiently as you possibly can. Plus, you will know exactly what you have to do to get things ready.

Make a Move

If possible, remove your boat from the water and put it into dry long island boat storage before a storm hits. In the event of a hurricane, this is the safest place for your vessel. If you don’t have enough time, if your boat is too large, or you can’t get into dry storage before the storm comes, move it to secure location. A spot that is higher than flood zones is recommended. You’ll definitely want to get your ship out of open waterways. If you have to pass through a drawbridge, make sure you do so well in advance. Drawbridges may close several hours or even a day or two before a hurricane is slated to make landfall.

Make Things Secure

Secure your vessel as much as you possibly can. Adding more mooring lines, and take care to tie them up high, but also make certain you leave enough slack for your boat to move along with the changing tides. Collect extra fenders or used tires and use them to protect the edges of your boat from any and all vulnerable angles. Secure the hatches and seal up any openings. You should also inspect your ship and remove all loose items. Lastly, lash down any objects that are likely to move about during the storm.

Take Care of Valuables

If you have any valuables on your ship, you definitely want to make sure that you remove them before the storm hits. This includes important documents, such as insurance information. If your boat does any damage to piers or other vessels during the storm, you are legally responsible for the damage and will be held liable. With that said, you definitely want to make sure that you have your brooklyn renters insurance information on hand, just in case you need it after the storm passes.

Other Necessities to Tend To

There are several other things that you will want to attend to before a hurricane arrives. These include:

  • Shutting off the fuel lines
  • Turning off the thru-hull fittings
  • Taking a complete inventory of all items left on board
  • Shut off any devices that operate on electricity
  • Change out the batteries in the bilge pump and make sure that it is in proper working order
  • For insurance purposes (and your own memories) snap photos of your vessel before the storm arrives

Of course, you should never, under any circumstances, remain on your boat during a hurricane. Doing so could be extremely dangerous and could even result in death.

As the saying goes, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. While we all hope that a hurricane won’t come our way, in the event that one does, you’ll be thankful that you know how to prepare your boat for the storm.