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Smile Be wary of haulout locale

Haulout seems to be the best option in the event of a storm but be sure that the yard/marina where you choose to haulout is a safe location. In 2004 when Ivan struck the Pensacola, FL area there were several marinas that had large dry storage facilities for power boats collapse. I'm sure most of us have seen these three and four level "boat shelves" Many sailboats were at these same yards. The result was a large, expensive mass of steel I-beams, sheet metal, boats both powered and sail, and other storm debris. I got to see one of these piles up close and believe me. It resembled a boat show that had been dropped from a passing aircraft. The boats that did survive were not able to get back in the water for a good while. Bottom line choose your yard carefully.
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LittleMissMagic - Eeeeeow! Never thought about the 'boat shelves!"

Rockter - Why would I want to go north for the winter, when there's no hurricanes in the Carib. either in winter? And it's warmer
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CD,
I am new to this forum sharing and just want to say that was good advice. I particularly like the bug spray advice as I had forgotten that. I lived through 04-05 hurricanes in Daytona Beach Fl, so how could I forget. Our sailboat had no damage after 5 hurricanes and I remember doing everything you said. We didnt stay aboard.
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I am new to this forum sharing and just want to say that was good advice. I particularly like the bug spray advice as I had forgotten that. I lived through 04-05 hurricanes in Daytona Beach Fl, so how could I forget. Our sailboat had no damage after 5 hurricanes and I remember doing everything you said. We didnt stay aboard.
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Haulout seems to be the best option in the event of a storm but be sure that the yard/marina where you choose to haulout is a safe location. In 2004 when Ivan struck the Pensacola, FL area there were several marinas that had large dry storage facilities for power boats collapse. I'm sure most of us have seen these three and four level "boat shelves" Many sailboats were at these same yards. The result was a large, expensive mass of steel I-beams, sheet metal, boats both powered and sail, and other storm debris. I got to see one of these piles up close and believe me. It resembled a boat show that had been dropped from a passing aircraft. The boats that did survive were not able to get back in the water for a good while. Bottom line choose your yard carefully.
That is true.

However, if you get hit head on with a 4-5, there probably is not a good place for your boat. I remember in Fort Myers they do a haul out. They strap the boats down. Sounds great, right?? Well, the issue is that they are about 4' over sea level. Any Hurricane of any strength is going to have a MUCH higher storm surge. Suddenly you have broken loose and floating with the jetsam!! Still, all you can do is your best and get off the tub. That is why we have insurance (hopefully).

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Storm surge due to the slope of the continental shelf along the Gulf Coast makes no marina safe..Any major hurricane of Cat3 intensity is perfectly capable of bringing CAT5 conditions to any one area of the strike zone at any given time..Katrina was CAT3 at land fall yet produced a unheard of CAT5 surge of 30 ft in places...Do not let the cat numbers fool you...

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CD,

Thanks for all of your advice. I just want to let the Floridians know that Florida has a new program: http://www.mysafefloridahome.com/ They will come out for FREE and inspect your home for hurricane readiness (ie. roof, windows, garage door...) We just had ours done last week, and should have our report in 4-6 weeks. Ironically, once you receive your report, you can receive a grant up to $5,000 for replacement door, windows, roof improvements, etc. that they recommend (pretty much, it is 50% replacement reimbursement). We'll keep you guys posted on how the whole process goes, as we were planning to replace our old windows, patio and garage doors anyways (since they do not meet Florida hurricane standards.)

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