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Hurricane and foul weather prep - continued from the blog!

Postby JeffCooper » Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:52 am

Folks- a spot to discuss preparing for foul weather. Please reference the BLOG entry
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Re: Hurricane and foul weather prep - continued from the blo

Postby DogDaze » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:43 pm

I received this email and information from Boat US today:
(kinda goes in sync w/Jeff's post on this very subject, but directed for more on the 'Hard')

Boating Safety Tip of the Month:

Hurricane Preparation Essentials from the Experts

One of the most effective steps you can take to protect your boat in a hurricane is to make your plan well before a hurricane warning or watch is posted. Any extra gear you may need -- lines, fenderboards, anchors -- should be purchased now, before the shelves at chandleries have been emptied by last minute shoppers. You should also review your marina contract for any language that may require you to take certain steps when a hurricane threatens. But, first and foremost, you need to decide where your boat will be safest.

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If your plan is to have your boat hauled out and strapped down ashore, talk to your marina manager now so that your boat is at the top of the list when boats are being pulled out of the water. If your boat is on a trailer, it should be stored away from trees and, if possible, secured to the ground with earth augers. Let some of the air out of the trailer tires and block the wheels. Only tight, snug fitting covers should be used; anything that's loose will be shredded and blown away. If the boat is uncovered, place wood blocks between the trailer's frame and spring to support the added weight of rainwater, which will accumulate even if the plug is out.

Boats on lifts are vulnerable to the surge and are sometimes collapsed by the added weight of accumulated rainwater. If your boat is on a lift, the best plan is to put it on a trailer and take it inland to high ground. If that's not possible, take if off the lift and secure it in the middle of a well-sheltered slip. If for whatever reason you must leave the boat on a lift, lash it down securely and add padding between the lift motor and hull. Note that if a storm warning is posted for your area, insurance from the BoatU.S. Program will help with the expense of having a professional do the preparation and/or hauling, reimbursing you 50% up to $1,000 of the cost to get your boat out. Included in this coverage is reimbursement to have a professional captain move your boat to a more storm-worthy location.
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Re: Hurricane and foul weather prep - continued from the blo

Postby R2C » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:05 pm

Best of Luck to those along the Gulf Coast... Our thoughts are with you as Isaac comes ashore ;)
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Re: Hurricane and foul weather prep - continued from the blo

Postby DogDaze » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:46 pm

R2C wrote:Best of Luck to those along the Gulf Coast... Our thoughts are with you as Isaac comes ashore ;)

Hey John, yes & one of them is our good Regal friend Warner.. (he's also a forum member here too!!)
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Postby R2C » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:55 pm

I sent a note on the ROF to Warner, and others, a bit earlier... I am sure it will be a long night (and sounds like Isaac is moving slow), and long day tomorrow for those down on the Gulf Coast :cry: We wish eveyone down that way all the best... Stay safe and hope their boats survive the winds and water ;)
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Re: Hurricane and foul weather prep - continued from the blo

Postby DogDaze » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:01 pm

yes, I was texting w/Warner this AM... He's secured the boat and is outta there..
I posted the pics he sent in Jeff Hurricane Isaac post if you want to see...
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Re: Hurricane and foul weather prep - continued from the blo

Postby JeffCooper » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:40 pm

Yep, I'm pretty worried about folks in NOLA or along that northern coast of the gulf... the forecast is for this storm (and it's HUGE) to center itself right over NOLA, stop, and do nothing but rain. That's not good at all.

Joe, excellent post. I actually read that article and it provoked the thoughts that lead to the BLOG article. As for our area? We got a lot more wind and rain from the last TS (Debby) that came through and I was aboard for most of that ...until I got bored and went home.

Our boat is actually part of our family "Hurricane Plan". We chopped ours up in to three pieces:

The "Do Nothing" plan
The "Bug Out" plan
and
The "Boogie to the boat" plan, which is kinda a hybrid.

"Do Nothing" means we stay home, and we have a whole list of stuff we do here - normal stuff - bring in all the stuff in yard, ensure there is a ton of water for both drinking and "other" uses (we fill up our freshy scoured tub for doing dishes, pet water, etc... We always keep 20+ gallons of drinking water around, and we always keep non-perishable goodies to eat, flashlights, batteries all the normal stuff. Here's the thing: one puff of wind around here and the power goes out. No power means no AC, and you can't survive in Florida in August without AC. However, we might make it long enought for the brunt of the storm to go by... then we "Boogie to the boat" where we have all the comforts of home (a big genny and four AC's). Our critters (Ford and Leroy) have their own bug out bags with food leashes and litter pans. Even the fish have batter operated air pumps.

Point is - the boat is a decent place to escape to after the storm blows by and there is no power for a week+

The "Bug Out" plan is when the law (or common sense) says this is going to be bad and we pack our stuff and leave the area. I've got a sister in Jax, a step-brother in Hotlanta and enough fuel to make it to either.

Has anyone else thought of using their boat as shelter?
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Re: Hurricane and foul weather prep - continued from the blo

Postby DogDaze » Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:12 am

Hey Jeff,

Cool info... As for using our boat for shelter... We're w/you. Since our boat is an hour away... Typically, IF we lost power at home for an extended amount of time... Chances are that the Marina would still have power & we could go to the boat.. Unfortunately, we don't have a genny on this boat.. So if the power is off at both.. No big help.. Fortunately, we do have a little portable genny we could use at either.. But it's not enough to run AC. And naturally, this would only work for us during boating season (~6 mo/yr)
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Re: Hurricane and foul weather prep - continued from the blo

Postby AprilSoares » Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:44 am

We cannot predict when these calamities will fall into us. It is really important that we should be ready always.

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