Prepare Your Boat Before The Storm
Did you know that boats stored ashore are more likely to be saved than boats stored in the water? That’s according to a study after hurricane Gloria (1985). If possible, store your boat well above the anticipated storm surge. Experts say when boats are tipped off jackstands and cradles by rising water during a storm, their damage tends to be less severe than the damage to boats left in the water. Furthermore, move your boat away from trees. Cover your boat up to keep debris out. Consider putting it in a place that can protect it against flooding and from flying objects
Make sure you strap your boat down securely to some sort of secure anchor, such as eyes set in concrete or helical anchors drilled into the ground. .
If your boat is staying in the water, remove heavy items from the stern area, including anchors, extra fuel tanks, and kicker motors, so that the cockpit scuppers are higher above the water. Close all but cockpit drain seacocks and plug the engine’s exhaust port. Using masking or duct tape, seal around hatches, ports, and lockers to keep water out. Seal exposed electronics. Make sure the bilge pump and switch work, and that the battery is topped up.
Last, but not least, check your insurance to make sure you know what kind of coverage you have on your boat.