Severe Weather & Hurricane Procedures

During the months set by the National Hurricane Center as the “Hurricane Season”, when a hurricane warning is posted for the Sarasota and Manatee county area -  All boat owners and other SSS members must immediately complete activities to secure personal and Club property and vacate the Squadron property.

During “Hurricane Season”, all boats must comply with the following requirements:

Dockside Wet slips - all boat owners in the Squadron assigned wet slips must immediately see that their vessels are securely tied with the following:

  • Dock Lines- Each vessel shall be equipped with double the minimum number of dock and tie lines, i.e. eight (8) dock lines and two (2) spring lines. The extra lines must be secured to the posts at all times.
    • Minimum dock & spring line requirements:
    • Line Size-Boats 24’ and under -3/8 nylon lines
    • Line Size-24’ and over- ½ “ nylon lines
    • All boats will be secured with two dock lines fore and two dock lines aft of not less than 25’ in length and two spring lines that extend past the center of the vessel.
    • It should be noted that there are times when double lines are required. It is strongly recommended that the SSS member equip their vessel with cleats that support such action.
  • Bimini tops - remove from the vessel or lower and securely tie the bimini tops to a fixed structure on the boat.
  • Main sail - Either remove the main sail from the boom or firmly secure the sail by wrapping a line around the boom from the mast to the aft end of the boom.
  • Roller Furling - Remove your sail from your roller furler or adequately secure it to prevent the sail from unfurling in high winds. This often means that you need to manually use your jib sheet lines and wrap them around the furled sail.
  • Plus - Remove cockpit cushions, spinnaker an/or whisker poles from the deck.
  • The excess length of all dock and spring lines shall be coiled on the vessel.
  • Lines to the tie posts shall be secured with a noose. The bitter end should be secured to a cleat aboard the vessel.  (The reason for this is that there are certain storm conditions when the water is surging over the docks.  It is unsafe for your Club mates to try to release your lines under water.  The desired action is to board the vessel and lengthen the lines at the cleats attached to the vessel as necessary}.
  • Install chafing guards on all dock and spring lines where necessary.
  • If a Squadron member fails to equip his or her vessel with the required dock and spring lines, the Fleet Captain, a member of management or an appointed designee may install the lines on the vessel and the member will be charged for these lines.
  • Turn off fuel lines to cooking unit.
  • Charge batteries to full capacity
  • Check engines to ensure that they are in good running condition and that there is adequate fuel on board in the event that you must evacuate the Squadron for safety reasons.

Landside Dry Storage Slips: Special care should be given to our boats in the landside dry storage area.

Screw Down Anchors - Boats on trailers should be either removed from the property or secured in place by 16” or more “Screw Down Anchors” tie-downs and blocked with a minimum of two straps or ½ inch nylon lines.  Common tie-downs with a neighboring vessel if approved by either Management or the Fleet Captain are acceptable.  Anchors: The following 16” Spiral Anchor is recommended.

Liberty Hardware- ANCFR16-ORG-A Orange Spiral Anchor 16” tall featuring a folding ring.   Price $12.92 each and includes free shipping.  Google: PullsDirect.com to see this product.  The folding ring is a must as it allows for mowing to go over the screw.

  • Tire Blocking - wheels of your vessel will be adequately blocked to prevent movement of the trailer.
  • Bimini tops - from the vessel or lower and securely tie the bimini tops to a fixed structure on the boat.
  • Main sail - Either remove the main sail from the boom or firmly secure the sail by wrapping a line around the boom from the mast to the aft end of the boom.
  • Roller Furling - Remove sail from your roller furler or adequately secure it to prevent the sail from unfurling in high winds. This often means that you need to manually use your jib sheet lines and wrap them around the furled sail.
  • Electrical connections - Disconnect any power connections to the Club property.
  • Plus - Remove cockpit cushions, spinnaker and/or whisker poles from the deck.

 Additional Information:

  • SSS Power Boats: During storm and hurricane conditions SSS power vessels are not to be used to rescue boats that have broken free.
  • NO vessels are allowed on SSS “floating” docks during storm conditions.