Protecting Your Boat

General Preparation Before Hurricane Season

  • Boat insurance policy should be up-to-date.
  • Current photos & a written description of your boat.
  • Keep your boat in good condition. Check bilge pump, electronics, marine hardware & keep batteries charged.

Boats On Land

  • Take the boat out of the water if possible.
  • Park the trailer close to a building or in a garage. Attach the boat to the trailer tongue to a firm spot in the ground. You can partially fill the boat with water, but do not allow the water to touch the engine or batteries.
  • Placing wood blocks between the frame and axle will help protect trailer springs from the additional weight.
  • Remove loose items & electronic gear from on & around the boat.

Boats In The Water

  • If you leave your boat in a marina, double all lines. Rig crossing spring lines fore and aft. Attach lines on the highest pilings possible to allow for storm surge.
  • It is safer to move boats into a river or as far inland as possible as opposed to keeping them in a bay. Your boat will receive less of a beating because of the protection from the sea surge.
  • Check bilge for loose debris that might get caught below the auto switch. If debris gets caught, the pump will not shut off and it will drain your battery. Then your boat may be in danger of taking on too much water.
  • Make sure the boat’s fuel tank is full. Also fill water tanks if any.
  • Insure your boat is as watertight as possible.
  • It can be dangerous tying up a boat by yourself, so ask for help & help others. One boat incorrectly tied can cause damage to many other boats in the marina, laguna or lake.
  • Should you need assistance at see, call the local U.S. Coast Guard as soon as possible.