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Old 01-03-2006, 05:36 PM   #1
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Hey guys. What's the best slip for a boat? One that's kinda tight fit (say a foot free between the boat and pilings), or one that's much wider than the boat? Also, same question for length? (Is it better to be far away from front and rear pilings and be kinda floating in the middle....or much closer?) How does all this relate to things if a hurricaine is coming? (That's the reason I'm asking) It seems to me a bigger slip, even though harder to launch/dock from, would be more likely to "float" out a storm surge.
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If possiable you do not want to be an any slip in a hurricane! The danger is not the sides of the slip--it is the pilings. The storm surge may lift floating docks over the pilings--fixed docks will damage boats when the boat is well beyond the dock level and level of many pilings and the boat comes down on top of the pilings. I did mini surveys on over 200 boats after Hurricane Ivan, the majority which were holed were from pilings.

You don't want to pay for any more slip than you need--so the length over all of the boat is satisfactory--some places you can get by with 5' less than the LOA. I prefer several feet on each side for maneuvering--but not a really wide slip. There is no advantage to a slip with inches on each side. Be sure and secure the boat with proper spring lines, as well as breast and bow and stern lines.

If you can haul the boat, and get it on a concrete bad with tie downs well above storm surge this is safest. Next is a good hurricane hole, often up rivers well inland, away from other boats, with good holding, wind protection and something on shore to tie onto--like trees or mangroves. Remember the surge in all of these.
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Old 01-03-2006, 06:13 PM   #3
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Bob, Thanks a bunch. I had a boat in Mobile during Ivan. I took it off my lift and put on a trailer. So, that solved that. The marina got crushed. Some boats made it, but many sunk. Well now I live in New Orleans and I have walked around looking at several marinas and some boats sunk, some made it from Katrina. The storm surge on Lake Pontchartrain rose way above all the pilings where the boats were moored. Why did some just come down in the slip, some sunk, and some got impaled. Thanks.
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