Hurricane Preparation

2012-03-04-beachingOn the Water

If you have been delaying checking or replacing old equipment, now is the time to do it. Remember that most equipment failure is usually chafed pennants. So far this year no moored boats have broken free, but we have had trouble with anchored boats, both member and non-member owned. Members who have boats anchored should make sure there boats are well positioned on the water, have adequate anchor and line, including additional equipment, and a plan for what to do if it really gets nasty. If you are new to the “art of anchoring”, remember that there must be hundreds of years of anchoring and mooring experience at the squadron; don't hesitate to ask members who have boats on the water. Also, plan on being nearby or in close communication with the squadron during bad weather; make sure the office has your best contact information so they can reach you quickly.

On Land

In recent years, two Corsairs have been  blown over in the yard from high winds. Just recently, a catamaran was blown over near the beach launch in the small boat storage area. Anchoring boats down in the yard isn't hard, but if you wait until the last minute, you may find Ace is oTie Downut of auger type anchors, since as a hurricane approaches, these become scarce commodities. Also, it isn't too easy to put the anchors in the ground; get a long bar or crow bar to twist the auger in. They should be screwed in until they are near flush with the ground. Talk to your neighbors about securing their boats also.

It is also a good idea to remove sails and any gear that can be blown away  during bad weather, which goes for boats on water as well. Some people go as far as dropping masts to reduce wind load.

Make sure the liability insurance on your boat is current.  It may be covered under your homeowners policy or by a separate boat policy.  If you have any questions you should check with your agent to make sure your policy covers damage to other people's property caused by your boat during a windstorm. Boat owners are responsible for all damage sustained by or caused by their boat.
Land based vessels are often relocated due to  land use plan updates such as one way roads,  revised car parking, etc. Management does not generally move any of the existing screws so you should check on the security and current location of your vessel.  Please advise the office if your ground tackle was in place but now needs relocating.

The most important thing is to not forget that you have expensive property sitting in close proximity to other members expensive property!! Here is hoping for a quiet season.