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Old 09-18-2007
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Originally Posted by LittleMissMagic View Post
Haulout seems to be the best option in the event of a storm but be sure that the yard/marina where you choose to haulout is a safe location. In 2004 when Ivan struck the Pensacola, FL area there were several marinas that had large dry storage facilities for power boats collapse. I'm sure most of us have seen these three and four level "boat shelves" Many sailboats were at these same yards. The result was a large, expensive mass of steel I-beams, sheet metal, boats both powered and sail, and other storm debris. I got to see one of these piles up close and believe me. It resembled a boat show that had been dropped from a passing aircraft. The boats that did survive were not able to get back in the water for a good while. Bottom line choose your yard carefully.
That is true.

However, if you get hit head on with a 4-5, there probably is not a good place for your boat. I remember in Fort Myers they do a haul out. They strap the boats down. Sounds great, right?? Well, the issue is that they are about 4' over sea level. Any Hurricane of any strength is going to have a MUCH higher storm surge. Suddenly you have broken loose and floating with the jetsam!! Still, all you can do is your best and get off the tub. That is why we have insurance (hopefully).

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