Is your boat hurricane-ready?
Knowing where and how to store your boat is key
The most critical hurricane preparation decision you will make is how and where to store your boat. According to the marine insurance industry’s claims files, land storage is statistically the safest by a wide margin. Your decision should be based on many factors, including your boat’s type and size, its location before the storm, your area’s geographic features, your access to storage options—both in advance and as the storm nears, people available to assist you, and more.
If possible, trailering your boat may be the most effective way to protect it from hurricane damage. By moving your boat away from the water, you can minimize potential damage from waves and storm surge and minimize possible wind and rain damage. Certainly rain will not be able to sink your boat if it’s out of the water.
You will need to act early and have a backup plan as boat ramps and marina lifts are in great demand ahead of a hurricane. Roads and bridges to low-lying areas near the shore can be jammed or even closed.
If you do need to consider several routes away from low-lying areas, make sure the routes you consider don’t have “low clearance” bridges. You definitely do not want to approach a bridge and find that you cannot get under it. If you have to stop and turn around, you have just wasted a lot of your time and have prevented other evacuees from protecting their boats as well.
To learn more about how to prepare your boat for a hurricane, sign up to take our Hurricane Preparation for Boaters Webinar July 10 at 8 p.m. ET. The webinar covers the hurricane environment, preparing your boat, insurance options, and what to do after the storm.