How to Prepare Your Boat for Hurricane Season

How to Prepare Your Boat for Hurricane Season As most boat owners know, the upkeep and the managing of your vessel is a labor of love. Come hurricane season, it is crucial that the proper planning steps are executed ahead of time to better preserve your boat. In addition to verifying your Connecticut Boat Insurance is up to date, following a few simple guidelines will help ensure the safety and protection of your boat.

Before the Storm Hits: Create a list of necessary equipment and supplies that you need to carry out your plan. Next, inform a reliable person of how to execute your safety plan in the event you are out of town when the storm hits. It is also recommended that you factor in the time it takes to unload valuables from your boat. Don’t forget to seal windows, doors, and any other opening in your boat with duct tape to ensure no water seeps in. After anchoring, remove any moveable equipment that could potentially be washed away and turn off the electrical system. Lastly, keep any and all important documents with you including insurance policies and recent photos of your vessel.

Moving your Watercraft- If you have a smaller boat, it is recommended you move it to a storage area for the duration of the storm. Double check to verify fuel tank is full, batteries are charged, and the cockpit drains are clear. Tow your vessel, attach to a stationary object with heavy lines, and store in a safe place outside of the surge of the storm. It is also advised that you fill the bilge 1/3 of the way with water to help weigh the vessel down. What’s a bilge and why do you need to fill it with water? Well, according to brighthubengineering.com, it is the lowest space on a boat where both sides of the ship come together and serves as a collection tank for the waste from the engine room. Although the sludge collects here, it assists with the stability of the ship. Prior to storing your vessel, clean out the wells and store with fresh water.

Protecting Your Boat in the Marina- It is advised to double all the lines so that they will not slip off. Covering the lines with tape or rags at the rough points will prevent chaffing during the drastic tidal changes. Ensure everything is securely attached and don’t stay aboard!

At Byrnes Agency, we specialize in Personal Insurance policies to protect your valuable assets. For more information on coverage and other offerings, please contact us today at one of our three locations.

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Phone: (860) 774-8549
394 Lake Rd
Dayville, CT 06241
United States
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Phone: (860) 886-5498
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Norwich, CT 06360
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Phone: (860) 928-7928
1226 Connecticut 169
Woodstock, CT 06281
United States
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