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Lived through: Gabrielle, Charlie, Jean, Francis, Ivan. I will tell you my humble little experience, though others may have more.
This is just my opinion, not the gospel.
When we rode out Gabrielle on our sailboat, we watched (and filmed) the boats being lifted off their lifts and heading off into the oblivion. Many others were tied to floating docks which come loose when the seas get strong enough and the storm surge high enough.
The wind is bad in theses storms. Don't get me wrong. However, it is the STORM SURGE which seems the killer. Plan accordingly for the surge. We lived on the ICW and we ran our boat all the way up on the lift, stripped everything off of it, AND tied it down. The trick is to be thoughtful about where the boat will come back down after the surge leaves.
You can also find a canal or basin and try stringing across it (if the neighbors let you... which they may not). Still, you could have the same problem. The issue with Hurricane Holes is that you will always have at least one idiot that has no clue how to prep for a huricane, drop a 10 lb danforth, then his piece of junk breaks loose and takes half the boats in the harbor with him.
Thus, my opinion is to run it all the way up on the lift and tie it off with some slack for surge. We also cross tied our boat to keep it from banging all over the place in the lift.
Bottom line though: If the hurricane wants it, it is gone.