Heavy storms pass through the Woodlands quite frequently, often producing damaging winds, large hail, and devastating downpours. Many residents prepare their homes for the worrisome weather, but they don’t usually think about doing the same for their boats. Watercraft sitting in marinas are vulnerable during storms, and often sustain substantial blows during severe weather.
Weathering the Storm in the Water
Whether you are leaving your boat in the marina for an extended period of time or preparing for an upcoming storm, you’ll want to do all you can to protect your watercraft. You can’t stop the weather, but you can defend yourself against it. Here are our top tips on what to do when a storm is approaching:
- Point your bow towards open water. Unlike boats that are anchored or on moorings, watercraft that is stashed at a marina isn’t able to turn to face oncoming wind and water. The result is often extensive—and expensive—damage. Avoid facing your bow towards unprotected directions, and your investment may stay unscathed.
- Use long lines. Now isn’t the time to skimp on lines for your boat; during inclement weather, the longer the lines, the better. Use storm lines that are at least as long as your boat, and since you’ll need to use marina waterways to access channel anchors and pilings, coordination with your neighbors may be required. Together, you can provide serious protection for your boat.
- Perform preventative maintenance. Loose gear, such as canvas covers, bimini tops, booms, life rings, and dinghies, should be taken off of the boat. Additionally, use duct tape around instrument gauges, ports, latches, and similar places to prevent water damage.
Every boat is different, and you know yours better than anyone. The suggestions we listed can certainly increase your boat’s chances of protection, but your vessel may require more.
When the Insurance Company Lets You Down
Your insurance policy is supposed to protect you and your boat, but unfortunately, it may not. If you believe your insurance company is treating you unfairly, the Voss Law Firm may be able to help. Call 888-614-7730 to set up your appointment with a legal professional, and to request a FREE copy of our book, Your Basic Guide to Marine Insurance.