Boat Emergency Preparedness: Things To Consider Before, During, and After A Hurricane

When the stormy season arrives, we all want our boats to be safe and protected. Though we can’t control the weather, there are plenty of ways to protect our vessel before, during, and after a hurricane.

This article will discuss the proper boat emergency preparedness that every boat owner should do to prevent damages and accidents.


Boats in Marina

If there’s a hurricane coming to your place, make sure to move your boat to a safe place days before it hits any damages need your location.

Trailerable Boats

If your boat is trailerable, you can remove your boat from the water – strong tidal waves can easily destroy boats especially if they are on or near the water. Once your boat is already on a trailer, make sure to position them in an open area with no trees and poles.

Another thing to remember is to remove all electronics on your boat and keep it in your home. You should also pull the drain plug to make sure that all the water from your boat drains out.

Boats in a Marina

If your boat is in a marina, you can contact them to make sure that they have an emergency plan. For instances, marina operators should:

  • Inform/contact all boat owners about their weather plan
  • Require all boaters to double line, remove dinghies, remove important items onboard
  • Ask boaters to check all the chains and secure that it’s connected to the mooring buoy properly.


Sea storm and boats

Create an Inventory of all items

Since you’ll transfer all your gadgets and boating equipment, make sure that you list them all so you won’t forget anything. And even if you’re keeping some of your stuff on board, include them on your list so you can check on them after the storm.

Charge Batteries

Charge all the batteries for your bilge pumps so they can still work during the storm. You can also charge the batteries for your security cameras (if you have any) so you can record the condition of your boat.

After charging, set up all the batteries and unplug other devices or appliances that consume electricity.

Prepare Your Documents and Insurance

Reviewing your boat’s insurance and other documents is important especially before a storm. By doing this procedure, you can ensure that your boat is protected and is legally entitled to receive the benefits of an insurance policy.

Also check your boat registration, marina documents, or lease agreement of your storage facility. 


Sea storm

Since the hurricane is currently happening, you only have limited resources and opportunities to check on your boat. During a hurricane, you should:

Stay at Home

Of course, you’re concern with your boat’s safety but always remember to prioritize yourself first. It’s best if you don’t stay on board and wait at home until it’s safe to go outside.

While at home, you can listen to the news to be updated and aware of the current situation in your area. 

Check Your Boat’s Security Cameras

As mentioned earlier, you can install security cameras in your boat so you can check it from time to time. This will lessen your worries knowing that your boat is okay and in good condition especially if you’ve decided to place your boat on a marina or any storage facilities.

Secure Your Boat’s Trailer

You can do this before or during the storm – especially if the storm is stronger than expected and has heavy winds.

You can simply place a block around the wheels of your trailer or you can deflate each tire to make sure that your trailer will stay in place and prevent the trailer from rolling.


Man cleaning his boat

Once the storm is over, it’s time to check on your and see if there are any damages that need to be fixed.

For your boat inspection, you need to bring the following tools:

  • Gloves
  • Trash bags
  • Sponge and brushes
  • Soap cleaner and deck cleaner
  • Anti-corrosion spray
  • Bucket
  • Cleaning rags
  • Pressure washer (if available)
  • Electrical tapes and scissors

If your boat is placed outside while the storm passed, expect them to be dirty. Get rid of all the mud, salt, moisture and get rid of all the debris in your bilge pumps.

Besides this equipment, you also need to dress properly for heavy-duty cleaning. Wear some gloves, boots, and other comfortable clothes so you can move freely while cleaning your boat.

Inspect Your Boat For Any Damages

Check parts of your boat if there are any damages caused by the storm. Examine the dock boars, sewage, wirings, propeller, or if there’s any leaking fuel.

If you can easily fix the damage, repair them before cleaning. You can also ask for an expert’s help if there’s any serious damage to your boat.

Return All Equipment And Electronic Devices

Since you made an inventory list before the storm, it’s easier for you to return all the equipment and devices to your boat. This list will also help you put them into proper places and guarantee that everything is complete.


Being ready especially in times of calamities can help us lessen the damages that can happen. Though it will not stop any destruction, it’s a great way to protect yourselves and your belongings from any harm.

How do you prepare your boat for a storm? Share us your thoughts and comment below.

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