Preparing for Hurricane Season

On the Water

So a little of the squadron history is now just that; history. Thanks to the hard work of Mark Schiffman and Vinny Algozino, old mooring equipment that might have dated back to the mid 80's is gone. The risk was that boat owners including non-members may have seen the old equipment as usable and decide to park their boat on it, so it had to go. We can now concentrate on other aspects of preparedness.

If you have been putting off checking or replacing old equipment, now is the time to do it. Remember that most of the 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. As of now there are no rules or guidelines for member-owned anchored boats, so I think that should be the next project to attack. In the meantime, 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

Since I have been at the squadron, I have seen two Corsairs 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 out of auger type anchors, as I did last year. Also, it isn't too easy to put the anchors in the ground here; 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 from the boats during bad weather, which goes for boats on water as well. I have seen people go as far as dropping masts to reduce wind load.

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

Joe Pratico
Fleet Captain


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