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How Boaters Should Prepare for Hurricanes

Here in New England, we might not get hurricanes that often. But when we do, they can approach quickly and cause a tremendous amount of damage. That’s why all Northeast boaters should know what to do in the event of a hurricane. Here are some tips to help you prepare.

  • It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Hurricanes are notoriously unpredictable, so even if it looks like one will miss you, you should still take precautions.
  • If you can pull your boat out of the water, do it early and head inland.
  • If you can’t get your boat inland, prepare it by removing any loose items onboard such as chairs, cushions and coolers.
  • Make sure all windows, doors and hatches are secure and watertight.
  • Tie extra fenders around your boat. Use anything that will cushion it from impact.
  • Drop anchors fore and aft and double all of your lines, securing them high on pilings to leave room for storm surges.
  • Document your boat’s condition prior to the storm by taking photos and video of your boat and gear.
  • Take all of your vessel’s documents, especially your insurance policy, off the boat.
  • Never, ever try to ride out a storm. It would likely be more dangerous to both you and your boat at sea.
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