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Tips for Boaters: Preparing for Hurricane Earl

Hurrican Earl TRack

Hurricane Earl is expected to impact the areas of NJ, Long Island and Cape Cod with 24-48 hours. Hurricane Force Winds and/or Tropical Force Winds will create high surf conditions and a storm surge over 10 feet.  Here are a few things you can do to protect your boat and limit the damage to it.

Hurricane Earl Satellite View

If your boat is in a slip and in a direct impact area you can do the following:

If possible, move it to an area which is more protected from the storm and/or haul it out of the water, if possible.

1: Double Down on all dock lines: bow, spring, stern lines. I would recommend a minimum of  3/4 inch line preferably 1 inch. Make sure you have a enough slack in the lines as the surge inside your marina could vary over 5 feet easy from peak to trough. Use more slack for a fixed dock and a little less for a floating dock.

2: Add extra fenders: add these all around the boat.

3: Put outboards down: if you have outboard engines, put them in the down position. This will reduce the chances of the props and shaft being damaged by knocking into the dock or other boats.

4: Remove any loose items from the deck, outside of boat: Put down antennae and any other items on the roof/t-top of the boat. Secure further any fixed items on the deck, like fish boxes.

5: Interior: secure and or remove any loose items inside the boat such as microwaves, coffee pots etc.. If you have anything expensive of value you may also consider removing them completely from the boat.

6: Make sure your insurance policy is up to date/paid up!

7: If your boat is on a trailer on your property, make sure it is as far away from trees and potential dangerous items.

Hurrican Earl TRack

We hope all boaters stay safe during this storm and take necessary precautions. If you have anything to add to the post we welcome your comments.

Don Sedy

Updated Storm Track

Hurricane Earl Track

  1. September 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Hopefully everyone will ride this storm out safe and sound. Being located in South Florida, we certainly are familiar with hurricane preparations. Here’s a brief article on how to avoid data loss.



  2. September 3, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Lift owners sometimes forget that a hurricane plan is needed if you leave your boat on your lift.

    Although dry storage is optimal, it is possible to provide a secure structure for your boat to face hurricane winds by properly securing your boat and lift.

    When leaving your boat on your lift we recommend:
    1. Raise your lift up as high as it will go.
    2. Secure the cradle of your lift tightly to all 4 pilings. This will keep the boat from swinging uncontrollably during the storm. This swinging action is the significant contributor for pilings, cable & boat damage.
    3. Strap your boat tightly to the lift so it will not blow off or flop around. Ropes are not recommended for this task since they stretch. They will not function at the end of a storm like at the beginning of the storm. I recommend using at least 2” ratchet straps.

    Even larger boats should be strapped down. While these boats may not blow off the lift, the wind can get under the bow and lift the bow up. This causes a rocking action of the boat allowing it to walk/vibrate right off the back of the lift. Even if the boat does not move, just the lifting and dropping of the bow can cause the boat to break wooden bunks.

    For boaters that are in Hurricane zones, insurance companies are looking for a solid Hurricane plan. The better the plan the easier it is to get your insurance approved.

    I recommend looking at http://www.swingstoppers.com for products that quickly and easily secure your cradle lift and boat for hurricane conditions.

    Good luck

  3. September 3, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Thanks for the additional information guys!

  4. September 7, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Those are pretty good tips about preparing for hurricane! Instead of worrying, people need to prepare for any emergency and avoid the loss of lives and other valuable possessions.

    FreeHurricaneInfo.org provides tips, updates and a great resource on how to prepare for hurricane and how to save your valuable items.


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