FWC reminds boaters to prepare vessels in case of severe weather
When a tropical surprise or hurricane affects our state, Florida’s boat owners and operators have more to be concerned about than just their homes and families. The FWC has gathered the following informational resources to help boaters get ready for storms and be better able to deal with the aftermath. Visit the Boat US Hurricane Resource Center plus University of Florida website for additional sources.
Move your vessel if you can and protect it if you can’t
- If your boat can be trailered, haul it out associated with the water and move it to a safe location as far from tidal waters as possible.
- If your vessel must stay in a marina berth, double all lines and rig-cross spring ranges fore and aft, plus attach lines high on pilings to allow for tidal rise or surge.
- If your own vessel is at anchor, move to the most protected area possible and set out multiple anchors with at least a 10 to 1 scope, remove canvas coverings if possible and remove or secure any sails.
- If your vessel will remain on a mooring, make sure the mooring is designed to withstand the load that may be placed on it by your vessel. Inspect chains and swivels that connect to the mooring buoy and double up upon the mooring pendant.
- Use the particular Florida Boat Ramp Finder to find a ramp near you.
Cover all lines to prevent chafing.
- Wrap all lines where lines feed through chocks with tape, rags and rubber hoses or leather. Install fenders, fender boards or tires to protect the boat from rubbing against the pier, pilings, or other boats.
Charge batteries and make sure they can run automatic bilge pumps throughout the storm.
- Consider adding back-up electric batteries and shut off almost all other devices that consume electricity
Do not stay onboard.
- During a hurricane, winds can exceed 100 mph and tornadoes are often associated with these storms. If you’re onboard during a bad storm, you are risking your life.
- Learn what Fl law says about mandatory marina evacuations. Chapter 327. 59, F. S., Marina Evacuations .
Monitor weather broadcasts frequently and comply with evacuation orders when issued.
After the storm, report issues to the FWC.
For more information visit www.myfwc.com/boating/safety-education/hurricane .
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2022 Hurricane Central – Preparedness Guide