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First Hurricane Season Forecasts Rattle Boaters, Marina Operators
BoatUS Can Help You Prepare
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ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 17, 2010 – With the release of several early seasonal hurricane forecasts for this year, boaters and marina operators are finding out they could face a much different scenario than last year’s relatively mild storm season.
Accuweather, a nationwide weather service, recently reported it expects 2010 to be an “extreme season” with as many as 18 named storms, a 100% increase over 2009. BoatUS, a national boat owners group with experience in hurricane preparation and post-hurricane recovery efforts says that most boaters and marinas can survive by being better prepared. To help with this task, the Association has some free online “tools” available at the BoatUS “Hurricane Resource Center” at http://www.BoatUS.com/Hurricanes .
The Web site offers easily downloadable storm planning materials including a hurricane preparation worksheet, an in-depth Guide to Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes, and checklists for what to do before and after a hurricane strikes. Sample hurricane plans for boat and yacht clubs as well as up-to-the-minute storm tracking tools with live satellite images are also online in one convenient Web site.
While the safest location for a boat during a storm is on land, boaters may also want to ask their insurer now if their policy helps pay some of the costs of a storm-related haul-out. Boat owners seeking the services of a professional delivery captain to move a vessel to a safe “hurricane hole” can go to the BoatUS Captains Locator at http://www.BoatUS.com/procaptains/ . If moving the boat is not possible, BoatUS suggests owners contact their marina now to enroll in hurricane “clubs” and coordinate storm preparations.
Help for Boat Clubs, Yards and Marinas
The free 24-page What Works, A Guide to Preparing Marinas, Yacht Clubs, and Boats for Hurricanes shares success stories as well as failures of dozens of marinas and clubs that have experienced a hurricane over last two decades. The guide covers floating docks with tall pilings, strapping down boats ashore, developing hurricane clubs for customers, dealing with boats at fixed docks, moving boats to hurricane holes, and how to install better moorings.
A special legal section, “Protecting Yourself from the Storm,” offers information equally important to any marina owner or yacht club leadership — how to protect themselves from vessel owners seeking compensation for hurricane-related damage.
Also included is a sample Marina Hurricane Preparation Plan that can be customized for any boating facility, as well as a Hurricane Preparation Worksheet that can be copied and given to individual boat owners.
To download a copy of the guide, go to www.BoatUS.com/hurricanes . To get a paper copy, call 703-823-9550 ext. 3525.
BoatUS – Boat Owners Association of The United States – is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing over half a million members with government representation, programs and money saving services. For membership information visit www.BoatUS.com or call 800-395-2628.