Friday, October 02, 2015
PREP FOR STORMS
We don’t get many full blown hurricanes like the east coast of the US, but we often get the remnants, and from time to time we get severe storms with downdrafts that usually follow hot humid weather. Here’s some ideas to prep for a big storm.
1/ When in doubt, haul her out from the water on its own trailer if possible
2/ Never stay aboard a vessel during a storm if you can avoid it
3/ If you are anchored make sure you do not have a bow/stern set ... lots of scope on the chain is the best bet so the boat can swing freely
4/ If the vessel is on a mooring, add chafe gear to the rode and extra fenders to prevent damage
5/ On a dock, double up all lines including spring lines and check that they are long enough to provide the elastic give necessary to keep the boat stable and not be ripping out cleats from the dock
6/ Secure all loose gear and clear any items that may clog scuppers and drains
7/ Secure and lock all hatches and port lights.
8/ Reduce wind damage by removing sails, dodgers, dinghies, canvas bridge enclosures
9/ Check your battery and bilge pumps to ensure they are working properly