Of the 26 “major” hurricanes (Category 3 or greater) over the last decade, remarkably none have struck the US. However, Boat US recommends taking time now to develop a plan for the boat to weather the next storm. “Even when predictions for the number of storms are near normal for the Hurricane Season, you really can't rely on them,” according to Boat US editors. “Predictions don't tell you where a storm may strike. Boat owners also need to understand that it doesn't take a big storm to damage their boat.”
To get started on your own plan, Boat US offers two important ways to help boat owners, marinas and waterfront towns deal with hurricanes:
1. You don't have to start from scratch: Check out the range of free hurricane preparation information developed for boat owners and marinas at BoatUS.com/hurricanes. Easily downloadable storm-planning materials include a hurricane and storm preparation worksheet, in-depth Boater’s Guide to Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes, up-to-the-minute storm tracking tools with live satellite images, and checklists for what to do before and after a hurricane strikes.
2. Learn at home: Take the Hurricane Preparation for Boaters online course from the non-profit Boat US Foundation and US Power Squadrons. From the comfort of home, you’ll be able to create a hurricane plan for your boat, better understand your marina’s or storage area’s storm protection, and learn when and how to move a boat if need be. The course also details the steps needed to take before a hurricane makes landfall and how to secure a boat for hurricane conditions, including diagrams for tying lines. The $30 course fee is currently discounted 20% when using promotion code “STORM” at BoatUS.org/courses.