In light of Hurricane Delta, we would like to take a moment to highlight the importance of hurricane preparedness and safety. Hurricane season is a threat to all East coast and Southeast coast boaters, and having a hurricane game plan is one of the smartest things you can do for yourself going to the late Summer and Fall.
Hurricane season in the eastern U.S. runs from the beginning of June through the end of November. This year has been relatively calm, compared to disastrous last few years, but the emergence of Delta threatens the safety of many in Southeast Texas and Louisiana.
Below we’ve listed Crownline’s 10 tips to help you prepare for hurricane season. Read up to better prepare yourself for the storms to come. If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to keep your Crownline and crew safe and happy for years to come.
HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO HELP YOU SAFELY NAVIGATE THIS HURRICANE SEASON.
- Hurricanes are notoriously unpredictable. Even if an approaching storm looks like it is going to miss you, take precautions. And make sure you have access to the latest forecasts.
- If you can pull your boat out of the water and head inland, do it and do it early. It will get you away from the storm, and acting early will mean you aren’t scrambling chaotically at the last minute with everyone else.
- If you’ve trailered your boat inland, but it isn’t in a garage or other enclosed storage, make sure it is shielded from falling tree limbs and other debris.
- If you can’t head inland, prepare your boat for the storm by removing any loose items, such as cushions, chairs, loose appliances, coolers – anything that could fall off the boat if it gets knocked around.
- Make sure to take your boat’s insurance policy and any other boat documents off the vessel.
- Document the condition of your boat before the storm by taking photos and video of your vessel and gear.
- Surround your boat with extra fenders, old tires, anything that can be used to cushion the boat from impact. Use way more than you normally would.
- Make sure your windows, doors, portholes and hatches are all secured and watertight.
- Drop anchors fore and aft, and make sure they’re secure. Double all your lines, setting up crossing spring lines fore and aft. Lines should be secured high on pilings to account for storm and tidal surges.
- Never try to ride out the storm. Hurricanes are immensely dangerous. Your boat may be in danger while it is tied up during the storm, but it would be in far more danger – as would you – at sea.