Marine Tips

  • Vessels should be equipped with Life Preservers
  • Vessels should have regular inspections
  • Vessels should always have Flare guns onboard
  • Fire Extinguishers should be on board
  • Vessels should be operated only by an experienced captain

How to protect your vessel in the event of a Tropical Storm/Hurricane

  • Make sure your vessel is securely tied
  • Vessels should have regular inspections
  • Vessels should always have Flare guns onboard
  • Fire Extinguishers should be on board and regularly serviced
  • Boat moorings, anchors, chains, cables and ropes should be kept in good condition and rechecked well in advance
  • Monitor and listen to the radio for regular weather reports, warnings and Marine Notices
  • Remove boats from the water if you can, or take them to one of the approved marine shelters (not on a swinging mooring)
  • If possible, move boats on trailers close to house. Fill boat with water to weight it down. Lash the boat securely to the trailer and use tie-downs to secure the entire unit to the ground. Strip off and remove all loose or movable accessories, let the air out of your trailer tires, and tighten tie-downs
  • Make sure that your your boat or its moorings, anchors, etc. do not block or otherwise obstruct the navigable channel or other access into the mooring or anchorage. Leave room for late arriving boats
  • Do not tie-up parallel to the bank or shoreline (receding tides may leave your boat stranded or cause it to capsize)
  • If possible, boats should be moored in a group (rafted). Bow lines must be secured, individually tied to trees, piling, or other strong points on land; allowing sufficient slack for rising tides. The stern too should be similarly secured above ground or with an anchor or other strong point on the sea bed. Boats assembled in groups must also be secured to adjacent boats with breast-lines and spring lines forward and aft. Fenders or cushions of car tires should be placed between the boats to absorb movement, impact, and friction
  • Mooring lines and cables should be sufficient strength and long enough to absorb any surge or excessive high tides. They must be protected against chafing
  • Moor and secure your boat in good time before the advent of the Tropical Storm or Hurricane; then, leave it and do not return to it until the storm has passed and the winds and seas have subsided
  • Relatively large vessels may not fit into the listed marine shelters. Their operators should seek other places to safely secure their vessels which are comparable with the respective size and type of vessel, or put vessel to sea in due time to travel away from the storm or Hurricane to avoid it altogether

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