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Hurricanes!

Hello everybody, I'm new on the forum and I'm writing from florida. I am on my 33' sloop (6 feet draft) and I'm Italian.
Unfortunately I don't know much about hurricanes, but I have to leave the boat "somewhere" to go back to Italy.
What would be the best arrangement? A marina? A buoy or a yard?
And, what do you suggest as the best place on the Us east coast to leave the boat?
Thanks a lot in advance for your help!!
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Get her as far north and inland as you can. Find a boat yard that straps the boats down. Moorings are ok, but I would want to be there to check chafe gear and you also need to be careful about other boats. A yard is probably your best choice, but find one that knows how to prepare for a storm.
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Hi,

you could try Riverside marina in Fort Pierce - approx 100 NM north of ft Lauderdale - very well priced although not sure about their skills with Hurricane preparation.
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Get her as far north and inland as you can. Find a boat yard that straps the boats down. Moorings are ok, but I would want to be there to check chafe gear and you also need to be careful about other boats. A yard is probably your best choice, but find one that knows how to prepare for a storm.
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As I am gathering information everywhere, I'm thinking to move in the safest place possible, no matter how far is from here...so where would it be? Maybe I have to move north or where, what do you suggest?
Thanks again for your help!
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All other things being equal, north of Cape Hatteras would be good, Upper Chesapeake would be better. This is not just a question of location, though. A yard's preperation and experience - how did their boats fair during the last hurricane? - is every bit as important as latitude.
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As far as geography goes, check out Indiantown Marina in the middle of the state going towards Okeechobee, and the marinas/storage yards in Green Cove Springs on the St. Johns River South of Jacksonville. The farther away from the ocean you are the better.
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Location, location, location! We could best suggest a hurricane protection location for you if we knew your mast clearance and your present location. Are you in Florida near Pensacola, Miami, or Daytona? Many people are impacted by the requirements of their insurance company to be north to a certain point, but places on the Okechobee waterway or the St. Johns River can be very safe. Many very safe places are restricted by mast clearance. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Where is your boat currently, and do you have time to move it? If you're not north of Florida, I would highly recommend getting north of florida... preferably Virginia or Maryland, if not further north. A mooring is a good solution, especially if you can find a place that uses helical screw moorings and will check on your boat and make sure the pendant stays in good shape.
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If you can get north thats the best above Norfolk but if not telemar bay marina is a good hurricaine hole. its in satellite beach...
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