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The Importance of Preparing Your Boat for a Hurricane

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 5.56.32 AMHurricanes are a destructive force of natural that have the potential to demolish everything in their path. Hurricane season officially starts on June 1st and runs through November 30th and can expect eight to 11 tropical storms where five to seven have the potential to develop into hurricanes. This is bad news for boaters who don’t want to see their boats destroyed. Every boat owner should have a hurricane preparedness plan .

Observe your marina’s guidelines before any threat of a hurricane

When it comes to keeping your boat safe during stormy weather, the key is to plan ahead. Various plans in case of hurricanes are often found in the contracts. At numerous marinas, there are rules in the contract that require boat owners to take specific steps or can even require the evacuation of the marina during times where hurricanes are threatening it and the boats-at-hand. No one wants to get stuck-in-a-rut finding out too late that they were supposed to make preparations or evacuate the marina for a hurricane -- talk about frustration.

Consider reserving hurricane storage for your boat

If you have a nitpicky insurance company that has high standards for the care of your boat during hurricanes, fulfill your insurance requirements by reserving hurricane storage for your boat -- it should probably be considered even if it isn’t a requirement. Hurricane boat storage is one surefire way to guarantee that your boat doesn’t get beaten up by the roughness that the sea can be capable of producing. Even floating docks raised on pilings aren’t always safe from hurricanes as Hurricane Sandy proved back in 2012 when she lifted floating docks from their pilings, occasionally dropping the docks and their accompanying boats miles away from their original location. The safest thing to do is to get the boat up on dry land away from the shore and store it somewhere -- this can either be at your house, in your garage, at a friends, hurricane storage at a marina harbor, or more.

The price of not being prepared

The ultimate testament to proponents of boat storage during hurricanes comes from the ensuing damage that hurricanes unleash upon the affected areas. For example, Hurricane Sandy unleashed upon the east coast. Ultimately, Hurricane Sandy’s boat casualties cost $650 million and damaged or destroyed around 65,000 boats. Many of you reading this article right now may have personally been affected or know someone who was affected by Hurricane Sandy -- or any others for that matter. Since hurricanes are so destructive, prepare in advance so you’re not paying the price for it after-the-fact.


Hurricanes are a deadly, destructive force of nature that require the utmost preparation. Many marinas have rules and regulations laid out in the contract that patrons sign that can require specific steps to be taken or even require the evacuation of the marina. If you want to have an almost 100% guarantee of your boat not being harmed, either store it somewhere on land or at a marina that has hurricane boat storage. The price of not storing your boat safely somewhere can mean catastrophic costs. You should always have a game plan for the six months of hurricane season every year.

By Kyle Blackhurst