Moving the Boat
- If you want your marina to haul your boat, give them as much notice as possible.
- If you trailer your boat, drive it to a safe location or move it inside a sturdy garage. Do not park it under trees or power lines, or between buildings. Drive stakes into the ground and lash down the trailer and boat.
- If you decide to move your boat to a hurricane hole, consult the many helpful articles by our experts at SailNet. From the home page, enter keyword hurricane.
Clear the Decks
- Remove the engine on your dinghy and deflate it.Store the engine and dinghy safely ashore or lash the dinghy to your boat.
- Don sail covers or better yet, remove all sails.
- Remove the boom and lash it to the deck.
- Remove extra halyards. Attach the shackles of all halyards to a single line, then raise them all together to the top of the mast.
- Roller-furling headsails should be removed if possible. If not, make sure all loose sails are securely lashed with several turns of the sheets.
- Remove all canvas biminis, dodgers, hatch covers, etc., along with frames. Cover all electronics and lash them securely.
- Remove BBQ grills, antennas, portable seating, cushions, etc.
- Recharge all handheld VHFs in case you need them.
- Remove and stow the shorepower cord.
- Remove all valuables, including documents, portable electronics, passengers, and crew.
Docklines and Chafe Protection
Order your SailNet Hurricane Prep Pack.
Double up all docklines.
Use high-stretch 3-strand Nylon, and make the docklines long enough to accommodate storm surge.
Add chafe gear on all lines at all chafe points. Use cut water hose, fire hose, or leather.
Deploy every fender you can get your hands on. Bigger is better.
If time permits, photograph your boat secured in its slip for insurance purposes.
- Empty the bilge.
- Clear all drains so they drain freely.
- Fully charge your batteries to ensure that the bilge pump will operate.
- Close all seacocks.
- Seal hatches, ports, lockers, and vents with duct tape.
- Batten down all the hatches to prevent torrential rains from entering the cabin.
Now leave the boat and secure yourself!