In 2017, hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico and changed the lives of thousands of families. Names like Maria, Katrina and Sandy are synonym of destruction. After a hurricane, the marinas report millions in loses. Some owners do not prepare their boats for this situations. One neglected boat can cause a chain reaction that will affect everything around them.
The marinas, owners and insurance companies try to learn from their mistakes. The goal is to prepare themselves better the next time. Many hurricanes later, the collective conclusion is that keeping the boats ashore is the best option. It may require some investment on your end but it will definitively be cheaper than buying a new boat.
It is never too soon to prepare for a hurricane. The second you hear about the hurricane, get off the water. It is impossible to know what will happen, expect for the best but prepare for the worst. The first measure is to get off the water, do not try to be brave, this is a life or death situation. Find if your harbor is on the way of the hurricanes. Plan ahead, you never know when the next hurricane will come.
Remove anything that could create windage and prepare to move the boat to a safe location. The trailer should be in optimal condition. Check up the condition of the trailer every month, this way you will be ready for anything.
Dry And Safe
Keeping your boat ashore during a hurricane will always be the best solution. Some people rent storage units and store the boats there until it’s safe. It may seem like too much trouble but keeping your property safe should be a priority. Boats that are not secured correctly can end up damaging the boats nearby.
Preparation increases the probabilities of survival of a boat. If it stays in the water, there is no guarantee the boat will make it.
Boats ashore are held by jack stands, these keep the boat in place. On a clear day, this would be enough but during a hurricane some extra measures are necessary. Drill an anchor to the ground, it must be strong and resistant. Pick a material that doesn’t stretch and strap down the boat. It will keep it from rocking and eventually falling off the jack stands.
If you live near the shore, consider finding a place in higher ground to keep the boat. It has been proven that boats are likely to receive no damage if they are away from bodies of water. Organizebeforehand, find a place where you can put the boat in case of hurricane.
Preparation is the key to prevent bigger damages. Having an emergency plan is mandatory for any boat owner. A secondary plan will be useful in case the original fails. Remember, under no circumstance you should stay with your boat or near the water. If every plan fails, your insurance company may be able to help you.