We encourage all boat owners in Dorian’s path to act now to haul out their boats and secure them in accordance with normal and prudent hurricane preparation standards. While no plan is foolproof and everything is highly dependent on the storm, we hope that the following advice will be helpful.
For boats blocked ashore: Strip the boats of equipment, all canvas/sails and electronics. Tape hatches shut. Remove Bilge drain plugs. Use an extra set of stands. Block as close to the ground as feasible, unless in an area where surge is expected, then double cribbed blocking is in order. Chain the stands (especially sailboat stands). If possible, secure the vessel to the ground using straps and tie downs. For sailboats, it is especially important that all sails and deck equipment is removed and that the boat is made as close to “bare poles” as possible. Again, an extra set of stands and a bow stand is essential. All stands should be chained athwart ships in pairs.
For boats in the water: Remove all gear, electronics and canvas/sails. Tape all hatches shut. Extra lines and spring lines should be used. Consider surge models and tie boats accordingly. If in a marina, tie off to pilings in addition to the docks being very careful not to impede the ability of the dock to rise and fall with the tide and surges.
Most of the hurricane damages that we see are the result of poor preparation before the storm. Taking a few extra steps now, in advance of the storm, can save you miles after the storm.
Once again we are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.