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.