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The Start of Hurricane Season

May 28, 2020

June 1 starts the 2020 Hurricane season thru Nov. 1, the months that 90% of the storms in the Atlantic are generated. This year we are off to a fast start with two named storms already formed before the official first day of the season. Nth National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminisration is predicting an “above-normal” 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, with 13 to 19 named storms predicted.  Do you have a good plan? Do you have enough lines to double up? Is your boat insurance up to date and filed in the office? Just a couple thoughts to get you started. Read on and follow our checklist…

How To Prepare Your Boat For Hurricanes… The Short List.

YOUR BOAT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. TAKE CARE BEFORE BAD WEATHER ARRIVES!

  • Boats will have all compartments secured and all canvas wrapped or stowed.
  • All batteries will be fully charged and tested prior to storm warnings.
  • Verify all bilge pumps are operational on automatic and self-bailing hulls are cleared from debris.
  • Cover all electronic equipment.
  • Check to ensure all fuel caps are snugged down tight.
  • Remove all loose gear from the boat and dock. Stow it or bring it home.
  • Remove all sails, especially roller furling jibs.
  • All hatches should be dogged or secured.
  • In-water vessels – Have dock lines doubled and secured to the dock poles at a height for all tidal swings with full chafe gear installed.
  • Lift vessels – All boats on lifts should be lifted to the highest possible safe height. Secure boats to lift poles to keep boats from swinging. Follow instructions above to secure boat.

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