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02-07-2012, 10:22 AM
Follow this handy ten-step checklist:

1. Double Up All Lines
Use extra line to double up springs and bow lines.
Position slip lines so that they are higher up on the pilings. This will help keep the boat in place when the storm surge arrives.

2. Add Chafing Gear
Did you know that many boats are lost in storms because their lines saw through sharp chocks?
Use fine grit sandpaper to smooth the edges of chocks. Next, lash rags, canvas, split hose, or PVC tubing onto any line where it passes over a rub-rail or toe-rail, through a chock, or over the sharp edges of a Genoa track.

3. Put Out Horizontal and Vertical Fenders
Hang extra horizontal fenders onto pilings and the hull where contact can be expected. If moored stern first, hang vertical fenders across the stern.

4. Shut Off all Seacocks Except This One!
Start at the bow and work your way aft. Open up every locker and compartment to check for seacocks or ball valves. Shut off each seacock. Leave both cockpit drain seacocks open to drain rain water.

5. Strip Away Canvas and Sails
Get rid of windage that can cause the boat to "sail" inside her slip. Strip the boat of sail covers, dodgers, Bimini tops, enclosures, and all other canvas products.

6. Batten and Tape Hatches
Close and dog (latch) hatches and opening ports. Tape around the inside edges of hatches and ports with strips of duct or sealing tape.

7. Remove or Sink Dinghies
Clear the deck of inflatable dinghies. If you have a hard (rigid) dinghy, take it home with you. If cruising in a remote area, pull the boat plug and sink the hard dinghy in shallow water to protect it from damage.

8. Secure Electronics, Charge Batteries, Check Pumps
Shut down all electronics except for the electric bilge pumps. Charge both batteries so that they will have plenty of juice to run the bilge pumps. Test the float switch on each bilge pump. Lift up the float switch tab with your hand or a boat hook. Your pump should kick on within 1-2 seconds.

9. Put Out Anchors and Increase Scope
If at anchor and you have the time, spread out three large anchors in a Y-pattern--to offer your boat the best chance of survival.

10. Lock it and Leave It
Under no circumstances should you stay aboard during an intense storm. Lock your boat with a stout padlock. Check everything once more and evacuate the area. If you've done things right, your boat will take care of herself.

02-28-2012, 12:10 AM
Hi, Hoping someone can help?

Sailboats that can survive a hurricane ?