2004 Hurricane Season is upon us, running from June to November
with peak hurricane activity from mid-August to mid-October. Florida
boat owners should have a plan of action for securing their boats
in place, should a storm threaten South Florida. We also recommend
annual trial-runs of your plan to ensure they are sufficient.
Sands Harbor Marina does
not require boats under contract to leave the marina for approaching
hurricanes. We will assist boaters with securing their boats as
much as possible, but it is the boat owners' responsibility to
ensure their boats are safe.
NOT ATTEMPT TO RIDE OUT THE STORM IN A BOAT!
are guidelines for securing your boat at a marina:
high on pilings to allow for rising water.
extra line and double tie every knot.
rope, duct tape and other materials early before supplies run
all tie lines at contact points with rubber to prevent chafing.
battery power is sufficient to run bilge pumps throughout and
after the storm.
or secure all deck gear, radio antennas, outriggers, rafts,
sails, tops, canvases, curtains, booms and dinghies and all
other objects that could blow away or cause damage.
plugs in engine ports.
fuel valves and cockpit seacocks.
fenders to protect the boat from rubbing against the dock.
duct tape to seal windows and hatches.
all canvas, chains, life preservers and other equipment to reduce
fire extinguishers and lifesaving equipment are in working order.
copies of boat registration and insurance in a safe place NOT
on the boat.
you choose to take your boat out of the water, or have your boat
on a trailer:
boat/trailer in the garage, or near a building.
boat no more than halfway with water to add weight. (Overfilling
can damage the trailer.)
some air out of trailer tires.
blocks in front and back of tires to prevent rolling.
trailer down with heavy ropes or chains.
traffic receives priority in the event of an evacuation. Therefore,
Broward County bridges are locked in the down position 3-1/2 hours
after the evacuation order is issued, or when winds reach 39 mph,
whichever comes first. Have your boat evacuation plan ready and
act as quickly as possible to ensure safe mooring.
canals offer some protection, but most major east-west waterways
are blocked by floodgates. Do not block other boats by anchoring
yours in the center of a canal.
more information, please go to the National Hurricane Center website
here for South Florida