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Old 08-26-2017, 08:22 AM
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What do the 40 to 70ft Sportfishers do when a devastating Hurricane like Harvey is coming towards the Port that the boat is currently kept? Just curious what the protocol is. Seems like if you secure in the slip the surge will cause significant damage. My friend had a yacht in Cabo and even with a Captain onboard and a single berth slip he had quite a bit of damage. This is tournament season in that area and I am curious what all the boats did? Can you go inland via river? Was there enough advance notice to run to a Port that is far enough away?

I have read during some storms in other parts of the country they block the boats on land which to me just doesn't seem like the best move if the storm surge is strong. Maybe a small storm but not a Cat 3.
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Pilot said boat / yacht out of the immediate area. That's what we did at Embry-Riddle with all the planes when hurricane were imminant! And yes.....For those of you who will jump on first! I do understand different beasts, but IMO the only way to really keep stuff safe.
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My friend ran his 68 foot sport-fisher up the "Old River" in the Freeport harbor, and rented space at a private dock. This is behind the Hurricane Gate. The city closed that gate at 5 pm Thursday, which seems about 24 hours too early - at least to me.

Several of my neighbors did nothing; Just tied off higher. Fortunately, we only saw a three foot storm surge at Surfside, and got lucky.
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You have a couple options but none are good.

Probably the best option is to get it the heck out of dodge but that isn't as easy as it sounds. This storm had a pretty stable predicted path but that is unusual. But even this one looked like a small disturbance until about 48 hours prior. By then where are you going to go? To be safely away from a dodge in the track you need to run about a 100 miles or so and what if you get offshore and have mechanical trouble with a storm bearing down on you? And then you have to find a marina with space wherever you end up. This option is really only viable IMO if you have a captain and crew living on the boat and ready to go at a moments notice.

The next option is you have a reserved haul out or slip in a hurricane hole and move the boat there when danger approaches. This is expensive and also fraught with uncertainty. I also think boats are vulnerable when blocked due to storm surge or wind lifting them off the blocks but insurance companies tell you historically boats fare better when on the land then in the water.

The next option is you keep your boat in a hurricane hole and prep it when a storm approaches. Double lines, enclosure down, hatches and doors taped, generator running, etc.

I live on pins and needles this time of year.
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Find the insurance policy, pray your premiums are caught up.
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We have dates where we have to be above a certain latitude and then a haul out plan for the Viking. We batten down, remove the soft goods and curtains, tape all of the doors/hatches, and secure everything. We would need a special rider to have the boat south during hurricane season and we would still need a filed hurricane plan with the insurance company.
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Last major storm before this was Wilma.

Eye came right over my house. Rack and Stack down the river, less than 2000' away, completely collapsed with 100+ boats in it.

Insurance company wanted me to completely describe my tie down procedures since my 32 Luhrs and son's 27 open sustained absolutely no damage!!!

We are somewhat protected, but the key is strong pilings, and a good hurricane tie down plan.
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Originally Posted by ytmorris View Post
We have dates where we have to be above a certain latitude and then a haul out plan for the Viking. We batten down, remove the soft goods and curtains, tape all of the doors/hatches, and secure everything. We would need a special rider to have the boat south during hurricane season and we would still need a filed hurricane plan with the insurance company.
Had a similar arrangement with my Chubb policy in the Northeast - couldn't be south of VA in season. Although we're not typically as at risk as lower latitudes we got the effects of Irene and Sandy in back to back years. Had a plan filed with the insurance company and made arrangements with my home marina, another local yard, and a marina 100 miles away where I wintered my boat to get hauled in front of named storms. Chubb paid for the hauls. For Irene we were out in the Hamptons and got put on the hard early with no damage. Storm surge wasn't an issue. During Sandy we were in Western LIS and got hauled 3 days pre-arrival. Came within inches of floating off the stands and the boat next to me (new Formula 45SS) turtled when the parking lot bulkhead gave way and 20 feet of the lot caved into the bay. I was blocked about 6 feet away and it was white knuckle time watching them move my boat to relaunch given the damage to the lot. South shore of LI during Sandy generally had more damage to hauled boats than those tied well in slips but too many variables to predict what's best if you're in the path.
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in cabo we pull our bertram and she stays on the hard
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37' Back cove, (40', 22k lbs) rode thru Matthew and eye in the lift fine. (grand Bahama) 30k lb lift.
12 x 3400lb come along straps, 8 from deck cleats to 3800 lb rated piling eyes at waterline, 4 per side, 4 across each cradle beam side to side to same eyes. Boat can't wiggle, sway or rock.
Also lift it 3 ft above normal height against the straps to make tight.
I cannot see putting it in a yard on the hard, too big to trailer really.
I was picking plant matter out of every seam and crevice! Small price to pay.
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My friend ran his 68 foot sport-fisher up the "Old River" in the Freeport harbor, and rented space at a private dock. This is behind the Hurricane Gate. The city closed that gate at 5 pm Thursday, which seems about 24 hours too early - at least to me.

Several of my neighbors did nothing; Just tied off higher. Fortunately, we only saw a three foot storm surge at Surfside, and got lucky.
That's where I took mine, my house at Bridge Harbor faired fine, though.
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