Boat owners from Maine to Texas have reason to become edgy around this time of the year: It’s hurricane season. Each year, on average, two hurricanes will come ashore somewhere along the Gulf or Atlantic coasts, sinking boats and turning lives upside down.
The key to protecting your boat during Hurricane season is planning, preparation, and timely action. Here is what you need to do:
- First and foremost, get your boat out of the water. If the vessel is small and can be easily transported on a trailer, get it to higher ground immediately. If you own a larger boat, however, then you will need transport it to an inland storage facility.
- For large boat owners, be sure to make a practice run to the inland boat storage facility to check accessibility, depth, and to locate any obstructions before a hurricane warning is issued.
- Once your boat is in dry storage, remove all movable pieces of equipment, such as canvas, sails, dinghies, radios, and cushions. Lash down everything you cannot remove, turn off the electrical systems, and remove the battery to eliminate the risk of fire or damage.
- Keep important documents, including insurance papers, registration, inventory lists, lease agreements, and important phone numbers in a dry, safe place well away from shore. You will also want to take a photo or video of your vessel before the hurricane for insurance purposes, in the unfortunate event that it sustains any damage during the storm.
If you want the maximum protection for your boat this hurricane season, then contact Boat Tree Marina at (888) 485-9883 to learn more about our dry storage facility. We are located approximately 30 miles inland and our hurricane hold is unlike any other boat storage facility in Orlando.