Marine (Boat) Hurricane Preparedness


Size of Boat

Before Hurricane Season  (November through June)

During Hurricane Season

Hurricane is Forcasted

Large Sailboats & 
Motorboats
  • Check your marina's policy concerning hurricanes.
  • Determine if your marina is located in a susceptible location. Should you move your boat?
  • If you live more than 30 miles from your marina, leave a set of keys with a friend who can care for your boat if you can't get there.
  • Store extra line on your boat and make sure the battery is charged. Check the automatic bilge system to make sure it works properly.
  • Double all mooring lines. Allow some slack in the lines for abnormally high tides.
  • Use chafing gear to prevent the lines from breaking and fenders to keep the boat from rubbing against the dock.
  • Clear the decks of all removable objects such as plastic windshields, cushions, collapsible tops and sails.
  • Remove perishables from the refrigerator/freezer.
  • Do not stay aboard your boat. 
Small Boats
  • If you live more than 30 miles from the boat dock, leave a set of keys with a friend who can care for your boat if you can't get there.
  • Have means of getting your boat out of the water. Make arrangements to use either a trailer or a lift at a dry storage facility.
  • Have your trailer in good condition. The tires should be inflated and the wheel bearings greased. The winch should be operable.
  • Remove lightweight aluminum boats and dinghies. Place on high ground and fill with water to anchor.
  • For boats with trailers, remove the boat from the water and take to higher ground. Either place the boat in a shelter or tie securely to the ground. If you leave the boat outside, jack up the trailer tongue and pull out the drain plug.
  • Remove boat electronics (depth finders, chromoscopes and VHS radios).

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