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Departments & Services > Public Works > Marina > Hurricane Preparedness (Marina)

Hurricane Preparedness (Marina)

As we’ve all experienced with Sandy, the power of a hurricane is nothing to dismiss. Please take a moment to look at the Hurricane Preparedness checklists below for the vessels that apply to you.

South Benson Power Boats

  • Verify that batteries are in good shape and bilge pumps are functioning properly.
  • Remove all enclosures, bimini covers, and canvas.
  • Double up dock lines wherever possible, add chafe guards at friction points.
  • If using “Frog Hook” style hardware, add hitch/safety pins to the end of each finger below the D-Rings. (this .99 cent pin prevents the arm from accidentally levering itself out of the D-Ring)
  • Remove all antennas and loose items from vessel i.e. life rings, life jackets, grills, fishing equipment. Ensure that anchor is held fast in the locker or windlass mount.
  • Hang fenders at all likely impact points.
  • Check that all hatches are watertight.
  • Verify that insurance policy is current and that any recent upgrades to your vessel have been added to the coverage.
  • Secure all heavy items in the salon such as furniture and televisions. Remove all perishables before taping or tying refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Secure all galley cabinets.
  • Scrutinize the condition of bilge and wipe it dry in advance of any rain fall. Give yourself something to compare new water against.
  • If possible haul out well before the storm arrives.

South Benson Sail Boats

  • Verify that batteries are in good shape and bilge pumps are functioning properly.
  • Remove all enclosures and canvas.
  • Double up dock lines wherever possible, add chafe guards at friction points.
  • Secure all halyards and rigging. Remove radar reflectors, flags or burgees.
  • Remove all antennas and loose items from vessel, ensure that anchor is held fast in the locker or windlass mount.
  • Hang fenders at all likely impact points.
  • Check that all hatches are watertight. Take a hard look at the mast boot and wedges.
  • Secure the lazarette, weatherboards and cockpit hatches.
  • Verify that insurance policy is current and that all recent upgrades to your vessel have been added to the coverage.
  • Tie tiller or wheel securely to midship. If the wheel has a lock be sure to tighten it.
  • Remove all furled sails and stow below deck. Remember that all loose or fluttering ends will only worsen as the wind speed increases.
  • Remove or make watertight vents/dorades.
  • Scrutinize the condition of bilge and wipe it dry in advance of any rain fall. Give yourself something to compare new water against.
  • If possible haul out well before the storm arrives.

Jennings Beach Hobie Cats and One Designs

  • Remove all sails
  • Secure all loose halyards
  • Tie both pontoons securely to the ground anchor eyes. Use a long enough piece of line to easily go from one side of the hull to the other and a least half way back using a slip bowline or truckers hitch. If enough line is available this may be repeated creating a mechanical advantage and an extremely strong downward force.
  • Be sure to use chaffing gear wherever possible.
  • If possible, remove the boat from the beach to a sheltered location.

Jennings Beach Kayaks and SUPs

  • Flip all boats over so that the cockpit is not collecting water.
  • Tie boats down to the rack securely. There should be NO PLAY in the lines!
  • Remove all loose equipment such as paddles, life jackets and seats.
  • If possible, remove the boat from the beach to a sheltered location. Due to their light weight and large surface area; it is best to remove Stand Up Paddleboards from the beach racks altogether.

If you have questions please contact the Marina Department.