How to Protect Your Boat in a Hurricane

How to Protect Your Boat in a Hurricane

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t end until November 30, and we’ve already seen one of the most intense hurricane seasons in years. We’ve had 12 hurricanes and tropical storms this season so far, with Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma causing billions of dollars in damage, and we still have about six weeks to go before hurricane season is over. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted earlier this year that the total number of hurricanes could reach 14 to 19 before the season is over, which means that we almost certainty haven’t seen our last hurricane of 2017 yet.

Thankfully, with today’s modern weather detection technology, we’re generally given ample time to prepare for a hurricane before it hits. While protecting your home and family is a priority, there are steps you can take to help protect your boat as well.

Out of the water

Although this may not be a possibility for everyone, the best way to protect your boat is to get it out of the water. If you can, store your boat in a garage or shed as far inland as possible. If you must leave your boat outside in the elements, be sure to do the following:

  • Secure your boat and trailer to strong trees or some other sort of secure anchor.
  • Remove any parts that could be easily loosened by strong winds.
  • Make sure that a boat cover or tarp is securely fastened over your boat.
  • Increase the weight of your boat by filling it with fresh water and sealing the drain plug.
  • Place blocks around your boat trailer to keep it from rolling.

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In the water

Although it’s not ideal, if you plan to leave your boat in the water, there are several steps you can take to ensure it is as protected as possible:

  • Turn off your fuel lines.
  • Remove the battery.
  • Turn off your electrical system.
  • Remove any parts or equipment that could be blown away by strong winds.
  • Secure anything that you cannot remove.
  • Close all the windows and hatches.

In addition to prepping your boat, you will need to decide where to leave it. Here are two possible options:

  • Berth: If you have a secure dock or mooring point, you can secure your boat there. Just be sure to double up all mooring lines and leave enough slack for your boat to rise with high tide.
  • Anchor: You can anchor your boat in a protected harbor that has a good anchor hold. You will want to use at least two heavy weight anchors.

By planning ahead, you can help protect your boat from even the strongest hurricanes the rest of this season has to offer. If you decide to move your boat inland before the next hurricane hits, don’t forget contact us for convenient and professional yacht transport in Fort Lauderdale, FL.