How Boaters Should Prepare for Hurricane Season

The arrival of June means the arrival of Hurricane Season. Along the East Coast, Hurricane Season runs from the beginning of June through the end of November. Here in the Northeast, we don’t get hurricanes too often. But when we do get them, they can move fast, unpredictably, and cause a tremendous amount of damage. That’s why boaters need to be prepared to act quickly. Here are a few tips to keep in mind this Hurricane Season.

  • Hurricanes are extremely unpredictable. Even when an approaching storm looks like it will miss your area, you should still take precautions.
  • If you can, pull your boat out of the water early and head inland to get away from the storm. Acting early means you aren’t scrambling at the last minute with everyone else.
  • If you can’t head inland, prepare your vessel by removing any loose items that could fall off the boat.
  • Surround your boat with extra fenders to cushion the boat from impact.
  • Remove your boat’s insurance policy and any other important documents from the vessel.
  • Take photos and video of your vessel and gear to document your boat’s condition prior to the storm.
  • Make sure all windows, doors, portholes and hatches are secured and watertight.
  • Drop anchors fore and aft, and make sure they’re secure. Double all your lines, setting up crossing spring lines fore and aft. Lines should be secured high on pilings to account for storm and tidal surges.
  • Never ride out a storm. Your boat – and you – would be in far more danger at sea.