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goldilocks 04-10-2014 05:25 PM

hurricane storage in tropics
Hi, I'm leaving my boat in Trinidad for hurricane season, this is a first for me, I've stored boats in temperate places like Seattle, but wondering what I needed to do differently or extra in the tropics.

I'm assuming it's best to remove everything reasonable from on deck and put it below, including all canvas and sails. I hear that you can have a dehumidifier or a/c,, I'm wondering which would be better.

Also, how do you keep out rats and other wildlife?

The boat is a catamaran if that makes any difference.

All advice appreciated!


Stumble 04-10-2014 06:35 PM

Re: hurricane storage in tropics
Everything that can come off should to reduce windage as much as possible. Are you going to be on the hard or in the water?

I wouldn't remove the mast since destepped masts often become donor masts for random people.

I prefer an AC over a dehumidifier since they use about the same amount of electricity, but also keep things cool. A small window unit is a favorite for this.

Expect small things to be stolen, particularly anything not inside the boat, generally there are thieves of oportunity not professionals, so locking everything you can, taking things out of drawers and into lockable chests that are secured will help.

billyruffn 04-10-2014 11:23 PM

Re: hurricane storage in tropics
Which yard are you using? Some are better than others. Power Boats and Peakes are probably the best known. If you're in one of these yards, seek the advice of the staff. They know what works. You don't need to pull the stick unless there is work to be done on it. They'll charge storage on it if you pull it.

AC is good but it needs to be watched as it can "over-dehumidify" the interior and you'll end up with cracked woodwork.

Get all the food off. Buy some axel grease and build a grease barrier to crawling insect invasion. Put a ring around all jack stands, around the keel blocks, around anything that goes from ground to anywhere on the boat (e.g. hoses, shore power connection). Block the exhausts and anything that provides shelter to small birds and or flying insects. Put screens on your dorade vents for the same reason. Get the boat really clean inside and out. A shrink wrap cover with proper ventilation is good as it keeps things dryer and will reduce the damage done by tropical UV levels. . Take your sails off and any fabric (dodger) off, clean and dry them and store below. Get all your running rigging off, clean, dry and stored below. Anything that can stay damp will mildew will rain a lot during the summer and even when it doesn't the humidity will be >90% most of the time.

I would recommend you consider hiring someone to go aboard every couple of weeks to check on things like the AC, the charge in the batteries, start of mold or mildew build up, and the general security of the boat. Boats that are being looked after by a local are likely to fair better than those that are left to the forces of nature.

Trinidad is a good place to have work done, but seek the advice of the yards on who to use and who to avoid. If you're using Power Boats, send me a PM. I've stayed with them twice and can give you further info. I have friends who have stored with Peakes for 10 seasons that I can put you in touch with if you want.

goldilocks 04-11-2014 11:19 AM

Re: hurricane storage in tropics
Thanks for the advice.

To answer the questions, I'm storing the boat on the hard at Peakes.


goldilocks 04-11-2014 11:27 AM

Re: hurricane storage in tropics
To billyruffn

Thanks I would PM you for more information on Peake's, but the forum says I cannot do that until I have 15 posts.


billyruffn 04-11-2014 06:02 PM

Re: hurricane storage in tropics

Originally Posted by goldilocks (Post 1725577)
Thanks for the advice.

To answer the questions, I'm storing the boat on the hard at Peakes.


You're in good hands at Peakes. Some people pay a bit extra to be in their "secure yard" -- they lock it up and no work takes place inside. Only activity is the coming and going of boats and random movements by a underfed pack of Dobermans. :)

Send me an email at my username here (no spaces) at geee mail dot commm and I'll forward it on to my friend who stays at Peakes.


TQA 04-12-2014 10:53 AM

Re: hurricane storage in tropics
When you are in Trini make sure you do the Taste of Trini tour with Jesse James.

There is also a Facebook group called Trinidad Cruisers that is worth joining.

Take advice from Peakes on ventilation, dehumidifiers etc. Storing boats is their business.Their security is good but put the attractive stuff below. Esp OBs.

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