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Old 08-19-2009
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Remember when they used to name hurricanes after woman?
I was sailing in Cape Cod Bay w a friend who is a contractor...he remarked how a good hurricane would be helpful to builders due to the economy...I'm not certain he made it to shore yet but its ironic how Hurricane Bill developed. I am curious about the consenus here [the only consensus I would ever consider ] regarding haul out versus remaining on a mooring. I have a good mooring and understand sails should be removed, along w the anchor but my biggest concern is another boat breaking free and clobbering my boat. So my question is...what has been the acceptable practice of you 'old salts?' What else should be done if you leave it in the water?
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Remove everything you can and stow it below. Add chafe guards to all your mooring lines. Make sure your insurance is paid up. Then pray for the best.
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Depends

If it is a true Cat 2+ hurricane and you're right it's path when it hits land, hauling your boat is the only way to minimize the chance of damage. When I mean haul, I don't mean just pull it out of the water and store it near a dock or the water, I mean haul it to an area outside of the storm surge. Even with that, extreme winds can cause a lot of damage.

If you are on the edge of hurricane and it is a weak one. Leaving it in the water may be okay, but like AlanBrown says, pull as much stuff off the boat and either store it at home or inside the boat. We have never pulled our boat, but where I am typically doesn't get hurricane landfall. We do get Nor'easters though and some pretty bad. We remove all sails from the boat. If it is going to be real bad 70+ mph winds, we remove the boom also. All halyards are strapped to the mast. We remove the mooring pick-up buoy and store below. We make sure nothing is loose on the deck and anything that can blow off or around is removed or well secured down. Except for the cockpit drain cupper seacocks, all are closed and batteries are fully charged. As sson as the storm is over and it is safe, we go to the boat and inspect.

I guess the big question to ask yourself is, is it worth the $500 or so to haul your boat onto land to minimize your chance of damage from a direct hit? If your boat is worth a grand, probably not. If it's worth a $500K, than I think you have your answer.

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If the storm is headed your way for a direct hit, have it hauled. Not so it is just a few feet above water, hauled so it is clear of possible storm surge. Also, remove EVERYTHING, sails, bimini, dodger, cushions, everything and store below or off the boat.
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There is a lot of info on this in the Hurricane Thread in General Discussion. That might be a great place to read up too.

BTW, I have heard of a Boy Named Sue, but never a Girl Named Bill!!!

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There is a lot of info on this in the Hurricane Thread in General Discussion. That might be a great place to read up too.

BTW, I have heard of a Boy Named Sue, but never a Girl Named Bill!!!

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I just noted your excellant post re hurricane prep. I think I 'd haul. It was a CW song I referenced... "She's my Girl, Bill". 1970's
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Women protested about only naming the hurricanes after women. It was stereotyping them as furious women with PMS.

Now I shall go hide until the futher of angry women have given up looking for me..
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But she's my girl, my girl, my girl Bill.
I'm watching and thinking. Hauling is best if you have enough time and available services. My boat is on a 600lb mushroom, but I also worry about the neighbors dragging down on me. I consider bringing her to a mud harbor nearby with no moorings, but then I'd have to rely on an anchor (or two) I can hoist.
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I just noted your excellant post re hurricane prep. I think I 'd haul. It was a CW song I referenced... "She's my Girl, Bill". 1970's
I was referring to a song also - A Boy Named Sue, Johnny Cash - I would say 1970s too. If you have never heard it, it is absolutely hillarious.

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