Boat Storm Safety Tips


As a boat owner, being prepared for hurricane season can save you money … and headaches! We offer the following Travelers’ Boat Storm Safety Tips:

  • If possible, haul the vessel from the water on its own trailer or in collaboration with your marina.
  • If you are unable to check the vessel, have a plan in place to ensure that the vessel can be secured.
  • If the boat remains in the water, remove as much boating gear as possible including electronics and important documents.
  • Double up all lines and check that the lines are long enough to accommodate the expected storm surge. Add chafe gear and extra fenders to prevent damage.
  • If the boat is staying on its mooring, add chafe gear to the anchor rode and if feasible, add additional anchors in a three point position.
  • Reduce wind damage by removing sails, dodgers, dinghies, bridge enclosures and eisenglass.
  • Disconnect shore power cords, water supply hoses and close off any propane or other valves.
  • If possible & prudent, navigate the vessel inland to a secure location away from possible storm surge damage and from boas that could break away from their mooring or slip.
  • Secure and lock all hatches and portlights. Double check for leaks and seal as necessary if a leak is found.
  • Secure all loose gear and any item that may clog scuppers and deck drains.
  • When in doubt “Haul her out.”
  • Never stay aboard during the storm.
  • If the vessel sustains damage from a storm, report the claim in a timely fashion.