Guests of Van Isle Marina know that we are fortunate enough to be protected from winter winds. However, it is always helpful to be aware of strategies for weathering a storm. Here are some tips to help keep your boat safe:
- Check the weather forecast. Be aware of how long you have to prepare for the upcoming storm.
- Double the lines on your boat. Use spring lines to limit boat movement.
- If possible, do not stay aboard your vessel during a storm.
- Double wrap your lines around the tie rail. Install chafe gear where the mooring lines touch the pilings, boat or tie rails.
- Add fenders to prevent boat from bouncing off the dock or your neighbour, more is better!
- Clean bilge of debris and check all pumps to ensure they are functioning correctly.
- Secure all loose gear and clear any items which may clog scuppers and drains.
- Secure and lock all hatches and port lights.
- Remove or secure anything which may increase wind resistance: biminis, canvas covers, antennas, deck-stowed anchors, sails, running rigging, booms, life rings, dinghies and so on. Besides reducing windage, you eliminate the probability of these items being damaged or blown away.
- Check your battery to ensure it is working correctly and that your shore power cord is plugged in, twist locked, and secured to the pedestal.
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