Preparing Your Boat For a Hurricane

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Courtesy Va. Dept. of Emergency Services

  • Heed and respect National Weather Service warnings. Complete trip to safe mooring before storm tide arrives.
  • Trailer boats should be removed from the water and stored securely.
  • Out-of-area boat owners should inquire about and plan for a desirable and convenient location for safe mooring. Obtain information from marina operators or follow local boats to safe anchorage area.
  • Safe mooring rigging should consist of new or good condition ropes of sufficient size, with extra length and at least three or four substantial anchor points for each craft.
  • If possible, boats should moor in groups with bow lines individually tied high to tree or piling on mainland with loose rope for rising tide, and sterns well anchored to hooks. Boats in the group should also be tied together at bows and sterns using protective fenders.
  • Do not moor parallel to bank; receding tides often breach or capsize boats in this type anchorage.
  •  Be sure that a navigable passage at stern of secured boats is made available for late-arriving boats seeking safe anchorage beyond the first boats anchored.
  • Boats should be tied high, using a secure knot. Rope lengths should be sufficient to take care of excessive high water.
  • For more information on safeguarding your boat, consult the Commonwealth of Virginia Handbook for Marina Owners and Operators for Hurricane and Severe Weather Preparedness available at local marinas.

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