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this storm is going to be the end of me im going crazy and proablly over thinking this but here it goes. i hear something about a 10ft tidal surge :/. Also im in new england, Rhode island in a harbor. im more worried about what should i do with the boat? How many extra lines to put on and should i let more line out? if i let the line out im danger of hitting this other 40ft sailboat. last storm irene my neibhors power boat and this 40 ft sailboat hit during the storm and did some damage i know it was a power boat vs sailboat so diffrent swing and every thing but will i be ok? what should i do this is my first storm that i can't just put the boat on the trailer and watch the storm go by.

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Where is your boat precisely?
give us much more detail
Is the material next to your hull a wood dock or is it out in the harbor?
panic is wasted energy

Ishould have extra lines, yes!
And you should have anti chafing along the lines- you can go to a firehouse and ask for old smaller diameter hose, also make sure the second set of lines a slightly looser than the first set
many more experts on here that can chime in
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ps- can you afford to have the boat hauled out?
that is obviously the best decision
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no boats can't get hauled no money for it didn't exspect a hurricane this bad as there saying this year. so haul out is not a option. im in a harbor on a mooring. would it be safer at a dock instead?

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Triple your pendant, each additional line should be a little longer than the previous one, use chafing gear, remove anchor. Assuming you trust your mooring you are better off on the mooring than in a slip.
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Slow down and think about what to expect. We are in Slidell, LA, and successfully rode out KATRINA, in a marina on Lake Pontchartrain, Camille and many others in between over many years. We have had some damage, but nothing that caused the loss of a boat. We had a 17' surge here in Katrina, and our boat survived with modest cosmetic damage. We were in a 50' slip, so we had width to work with, as we are only 35' LOA. We rigged 20 1" lines, and our only damage came from others breaking loose. There were 40 boats on our pier, three were left floating, and we were one of them. Most people tired up too tight and were pulled under by the rise of the surge.

You can survive this if you tie carefully. Use small lines to secure the boat in the slip initially. Rig very large lines with slack to accommodate the surge after the small lines break.

If you decide to remain on the mooring you will probably be fine. Many survive in Boot Key Harbor, in the Keys, on moorings during hurricanes. It is safer than a slip, IMHO and I would choose it every time.

All the best to you and all in harms way.

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Triple your pendant, each additional line should be a little longer than the previous one, use chafing gear, remove anchor. Assuming you trust your mooring you are better off on the mooring than in a slip.
Yes, this. Like he says, put the anchor away. It'll cause damage when the storm comes and add pendants.

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wait right now im on a mooring if it's better to go to a dock i could if i really needed to. second of all what are you talking about with the anchor it sits on the deck why put it away?

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wait right now im on a mooring if it's better to go to a dock i could if i really needed to. second of all what are you talking about with the anchor it sits on the deck why put it away?
Because it'll eventually bounce loose and cause damage. If you can get to a slip, that would be better. You need bow lines, stern lines, and spring lines. Cross the stern lines in an X.

If you can only dock "alongside", then you need a layer of fenders, bow line, stern line and spring lines. Double all of them.

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ill see if i can get into a slip but im not sure yet the yatch club might have rules about making sure people are out of the docks during storms. if they don't i will see if i can get to it if not it's the mooring.

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