Excellent post, and thanks for all the great information.
I’m new to sailing but I’ve been around boats, my whole life. I was raised working at my dad’s marina in Ft Lauderdale, and during the 60’s and early 70’s I witnessed numerous hurricanes come through.
For the most part, many boats will survive category 1 and 2 storms. But step up to a category 3 or higher hurricane and all the marinas docks that are anywhere near the ocean will be gone along with the boats attached to them.
One marina hotel had water rise into the second floor, and there marina docks for a period of time were over 15 foot deep. All there floating docks came loose, and went away, as well as any boat that was tied off to them.
I recall a marina on the ICW that did not have floating docks but it did do much better. Boats that where in the water where now particularly sunk and or had come loose from the dock and was now on land and those boats that were stored on land where on their side right next to them.