With the start of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season in June, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges boaters, marinas and boat clubs to prepare now for a potential landfall, and offers free help online at BoatUS.com/Hurricanes. The national advocacy, services and boating safety group says that it doesn’t take a direct hit to damage or sink recreational vessels or to cause havoc at boat-storage facilities.
Storm-planning help available from BoatUS includes the following guides:
- BoatUS Hurricane Tip Sheet: This easy-to-read, short two-pager is also simple to print and hand out copies to customers or dockmates, and has great basic advice on hurricane preparation for recreational boaters.
- Boater’s Guide to Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes: In addition to helping boaters prepare their own vessels, this guide has valuable information for marinas, boat yards, clubs and other boating facilities.
- Yacht Club and Marina Guide to Preparing for Hurricanes: A helpful resource for marina and boat-club staff, community resiliency managers and local government organizations that focuses on protecting boating facilities.
When a storm approaches, the BoatUS.com/Hurricanes website also has up-to-the-minute storm-tracking tools with live satellite images and checklists for what to do before and after a hurricane strikes. If you are on the go a lot, the BoatUS App offers a hurricane-alert feature that automatically notifies boaters with detailed storm information each time NOAA begins tracking a storm in their area.
Much of the hurricane guide information comes from the BoatUS Catastrophe Field Team, a recognized leader in hurricane preparedness and response with more than 30 years of post-storm recreational boat salvage experience.