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Re: Trying to be prepared for the inevitable hurricane
If you're staying on the mooring, you are on the right track. Redundant lines and serious chafe protection are a must. One technique is to remove your anchor or anything that could cause chafe. One redundant line should not be under load with the others, as they may all fail at once, if they are all chafing together.
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about the single point of failure below the mooring ball, including its' anchoring system, which may not be sufficient to hold a boat in that kind of weather.
Best is to get on a hurricane haulout list at a nearby marina. Often, you must be on the list early, as late comers are at the end of the line. Most insurance companies will offer coverage to either pay for the haul or split the cost with you. Although, I believe it is usually an add-on to hull coverage, since they really want to avoid that liability.
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