Preparing Your Boat and Dock for a Hurricane
Hurricanes bring the potential of increased tides, rising sea levels, storm surges, high winds, and more than 2-3 inches of rainfall per hour. The National Hurricane Center is an excellent resource for staying up to date on any hurricane stages and other tropical storm-related events.
Once you’re confident your family and home are secure, you can turn your attention toward preparing your boat and dock for a hurricane. The key is planning and timely action.
What to Do During a Hurricane: Preparing Your Dock
Although hurricanes and the damage they cause can be unpredictable, you can take the following steps to ensure your dock is as safe and secure as possible:
- Store loose items in a safe location: Remove items such as chairs, oars, canoes, paddleboards, kayaks, and other gear on your dock and store them in a safe location.
- Remove or secure your floating dock: Floating docks are designed to float and adapt to accommodate variable water levels. This makes quick removal feasible. If you do not have access to a safe storage facility or cannot transport your dock, we recommend using a rope to tie your dock to a permanent, stable structure.
- Take photos of your dock and examine the lines anchoring your boat: Taking photos of your dock — if it indeed becomes damaged — will help facilitate a smoother insurance claim process.
What to Do During a Hurricane: Preparing Your Boat
Give your docked boat the best chance of survival with these hurricane preparation tips.
Review Hurricane Plans With Your Insurance Company
Call your insurance company and review hurricane plans to ensure your boat will remain covered if it stays put during a storm. If your insurance company has specific requirements for boat coverage, make sure you meet them.
Remove Sails, Batten Down Hatches, and Close Seacocks
It’s essential to remove your boat’s sails when preparing it for a hurricane. Leaving even a small piece of the main sticking out of the mast can cause damage when hurricane-force winds hit. Next, check companionways, hatches, ports, and windows for potential leaks and replace overused or deteriorated seals. Finally, close all seacocks, except the ones needed for the engine and bilge pumps.
Disconnect Your Boat From Shore Power
Turn off refrigerators and other unnecessary items on your boat using battery power when preparing for a hurricane. However, you may want to consider leaving solar panels on board if you have them. Solar panels can help keep your bilge pumps running and charge your onboard batteries. When securing the solar panels, it’s crucial to consider the possibility of them not making it through the storm.
Contact Us to Learn More About the Weather Resilience and Easy Maintenance of EZ Dock
EZ Dock is proud to say our floating docks consistently weather even the harshest of storms. Our products are known for their weather resistance, durability, and low maintenance. For more information about preparing your floating dock for a hurricane, reach out to EZ Dock today.