Secure Your Boat in Advance
If possible, you should secure your boat in advance of the hurricane. This means bringing it to a safe location where it will be out of harm’s way. If you can’t evacuate your boat in advance, you should take steps to secure it as best as possible. This includes removing all loose items from the deck and cockpit, double-checking all lines and fittings are secure, and making sure your bilge pump is in working order.
Prepare Your Boat’s Engine Room
Another important step in preparing your boat for a hurricane is to prepare your engine room. This includes making sure all batteries are fully charged and all fuel tanks are full, checking the oil level, and making sure there are no leaks. You should also turn off all electricity to the boat and close all seacocks.
It’s important to have a full tank of gas in case you need to evacuate during a hurricane.
Remove All Loose Items from the Deck and Cockpit
As obvious as it sounds, one of the most important things you can do to prepare your boat for a hurricane is to remove all loose items from the deck and cockpit. This includes anything that could become airborne in high winds, such as chairs, coolers, and life jackets. It’s also important to make sure all hatches and portlights are securely closed.
Keep a Close Eye on the Weather Forecast
As the hurricane approaches, it’s important to keep a close eye on the weather forecast. This will help you determine when to evacuate your boat and where to take it for safe shelter. If you have any questions about how to prepare your boat for a hurricane, please contact your local marina or storage facility. They will be able to provide you with more information and resources.
Other important tips to consider
- Double Check all Lines and Fittings are Secure
- Make sure your Bilge Pump is in Working Order
- Fill Your Gas Tank
- Turn Off All Electricity to the Boat
Evacuate if necessary
If you live in an area that is likely to be impacted by a hurricane, it’s important to evacuate early. This will give you enough time to get to a safe location and avoid any potential danger.
By following these steps, you can help ensure that your boat is ready for a hurricane. Keep in mind that it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so don’t hesitate to take the necessary precautions.
Stay safe out there!