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BarryL
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Re: Trying to be prepared for the inevitable hurricane

Hey,

Unfortunately I'm getting good at Hurricane prep.

1. Reduce windage: remove headsail, mainsail, dodgers, bimini's etc.
2. Extra line from mooring ball to boat. I tie a line right onto the shackle. I leave the line a little loose so that my regular mooring pendants are taking the strain. The line is a backup. If you only have one cleat I would run the line back and tie to the mast.
3. Chafe protection on everything - where the pendants go through the chocks. Where the pendants are on the cleats, etc.
4. Make sure your batteries are charged and your bilge clean and empty.
5. Close all through hulls
6. Make sure your insurance is paid up
7. HOPE

My boat has made it though Irene, Sandy and a bunch of of nor'easters. I have an oversize mooring ball and the pendants are kept in good condition. My boat was damaged during Sandy because other boats dragged and hit me. Fortunately it wasn't too bad and all the damage has been repaired (and then some, I'll post pics and the story soon).

Good luck,
Barry

Barry Lenoble
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY

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