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02-04-2014 11:21 AM
Group9
Re: Hurricane Preparation

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Originally Posted by fryewe View Post
I would only add that you consider how your hurricane hole might be cut off by silting or flood debris due to surge - or runoff of the extensive rains through creeks or rivers. When your boat survives you have to be able to get it back to deeper water.
That can come later, if it survives. I know of a Cape Dory 33 that survived Katrina up in a canal, that was trapped in it for almost a year, because so many trees had fallen across the canal and blocked it. But, we weren't doing much sailing for a year after Katrina, anyway (too much debris in the water).
02-04-2014 10:32 AM
fryewe
Re: Hurricane Preparation

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Originally Posted by Group9 View Post
The main thing, is to have a plan, before a named storm is heading your way. Pick out your hurricane hole, and a back up, and go explore them with a sounder.
I would only add that you consider how your hurricane hole might be cut off by silting or flood debris due to surge - or runoff of the extensive rains through creeks or rivers. When your boat survives you have to be able to get it back to deeper water.
02-04-2014 10:16 AM
Group9
Re: Hurricane Preparation

Where I live, we probably go through more hurricanes than any place on earth. My boats have survived three of them at anchor, two Cat I's and one Cat III, with only very minor damage.

I was between sailboats for Katrina, and probably 98 per cent of the boats here were destroyed (mostly by not being prepared for the 30 plus foot surge, rather than the wind). But, I had a friend who rode it out successfully on a gigantic storm anchor, who even stayed on his boat (I wouldn't have). His biggest concern, he said, was not the wind, but rather the hundreds of boats he watched get blown by his boat, during the storm.

The main thing, is to have a plan, before a named storm is heading your way. Pick out your hurricane hole, and a back up, and go explore them with a sounder. Pick out exactly where you will tie your lines, put out your anchors, etc. Having a smaller boat with an engine is really handy, for running out lines and anchors easily, and for getting back if your hurricane hole is in the sticks, which most good ones are.

Strip off the sails, canvas, dodgers, and biminis: they will be damaged or destroyed if you leave them on. Windage is your enemy. I always run my spare halyards as back ups to the forestay. I don't know if it helps, but it has never hurt.

They are survivable by your boat. We survive them on a regular basis here, mostly from having learned what to do and not do, from trial and error.
01-22-2014 12:43 PM
Scott McD
Re: Hurricane Preparation

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Originally Posted by lewharve View Post
yes boat prep is important but there are other things you need to do.
first check you insurance and make a pdf of it along with the boat title. I also recommend pictures. exterior and interior and dingy especially if you are on the hook and or a mooring.
if you do not have insurance and you a live aboard (51% of the time} and if your boat gets damaged during a declared disaster FEMA will help with repairs.
you will have to call FEMA (•Phone: (800) 621-FEMA (3362). and they will not pay for new motors or sails only what need to live on your boat but FEMA will help with your repairs.
they will need id and boat info and proof you live on it which can me kept on a water proof flash drive.
Please pass this info on.
good luck
Lew

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11-28-2013 02:56 AM
piclarke
Re: Hurricane Preparation

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Originally Posted by BlueMonsoon View Post
Is this for storms in the USA and only for US nationals only in that storm.
Or is it for US nationals that are affected by storm damage even if it happens out side the US?
Determine ahead of time before a storm arrives.

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10-13-2013 04:13 PM
BlueMonsoon
Re: Hurricane Preparation

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Originally Posted by lewharve View Post
yes boat prep is important but there are other things you need to do.
first check you insurance and make a pdf of it along with the boat title. I also recommend pictures. exterior and interior and dingy especially if you are on the hook and or a mooring.
if you do not have insurance and you a live aboard (51% of the time} and if your boat gets damaged during a declared disaster FEMA will help with repairs.
you will have to call FEMA (•Phone: (800) 621-FEMA (3362). and they will not pay for new motors or sails only what need to live on your boat but FEMA will help with your repairs.
they will need id and boat info and proof you live on it which can me kept on a water proof flash drive.
Please pass this info on.
good luck
Lew
Is this for storms in the USA and only for US nationals only in that storm.
Or is it for US nationals that are affected by storm damage even if it happens out side the US?
08-13-2013 08:59 PM
rgscpat
Re: Hurricane Preparation

Does your marina, club, or harbor have a storm/hurricane plan?
What are your responsibilities under the plan? What timelines do you have to meet or what info do you have to provide? Do you need to sign up ahead of time for haul-out and tie down arrangements? Does your insurance pay for a preventative haul-out? Do you want to wait try to find out a few hours before landfall?

Also, for canal or creek mooring, how well might screw-in anchors work?
08-05-2013 10:12 AM
lewharve
Re: Hurricane Preparation

yes boat prep is important but there are other things you need to do.
first check you insurance and make a pdf of it along with the boat title. I also recommend pictures. exterior and interior and dingy especially if you are on the hook and or a mooring.
if you do not have insurance and you a live aboard (51% of the time} and if your boat gets damaged during a declared disaster FEMA will help with repairs.
you will have to call FEMA (•Phone: (800) 621-FEMA (3362). and they will not pay for new motors or sails only what need to live on your boat but FEMA will help with your repairs.
they will need id and boat info and proof you live on it which can me kept on a water proof flash drive.
Please pass this info on.
good luck
Lew
08-03-2013 07:12 PM
RTB
Re: Hurricane Preparation

Very well put xort. This is exactly what I am going through today. We are from Texas. Left the Bahamas at the end of June to avoid Hurricanes, so headed up the NE coast. Our intensions were to go to the Chesapeake area. Not knowing where to hide between here and there was a nagging thought in my head. I opted to take a slip here in Brunswick, Georgia, hoping this turns out a good decision.

Ralph
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08-03-2013 07:06 PM
xort Full time cruising creates issues with finding a place to hide when you don't know the area very well. And don't know what the locals will be up to. Most haulout yards will be booked up, many have a list you get on way in advance. So that likely won't work.
Good hurricane holes will get filled with many locals, perhaps too many.
Running might work. But last year many ran up the hudson river only to get flood waters from the torrential rain. Irene was worse. If you run in the wrong direction, you've wasted several days for storm prep.
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