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  • Writer's pictureSpencer Kent

Navigating the Storm: Preparing Your Yacht for a Hurricane on the East Coast 2023

When tranquil waters turn tempestuous, yacht owners along the East Coast face the annual challenge of hurricane season. As hurricane season approaches the East Coast, yacht owners must fortify their vessels against the fury of nature. At Calm Seas Yachting, we recognize the urgency of safeguarding your cherished boat.

1. Understanding the Hurricane Threat

Before diving into preparations, let's grasp the gravity of the situation. The East Coast is no stranger to hurricanes, with an average of 12 named storms each season.

Where to Find Hurricane Information?

Staying informed is the first line of defense against the unpredictable forces of nature. Trusted sources such as the National Hurricane Center (NHC) provide real-time updates, forecasts, and tracking information on hurricanes. The NHC's official website and social media channels offer invaluable insights into storm paths, intensities, and potential impacts. Additionally, local weather stations and government agencies in your area provide essential updates to keep you well-prepared. By understanding the historical significance of hurricanes and accessing up-to-date information from reliable sources, you're equipped to make informed decisions that can significantly impact the safety and resilience of your yacht.

2. Secure Docking and Location Planning

Selecting a safe harbor is the first line of defense. Marinas in well-protected areas with minimal exposure to storm surge and high winds are ideal. If possible, relocating your yacht inland or to a hurricane hole further reduces risk. Adequate mooring lines, chafe protection, and sturdy cleats ensure your vessel stays put.

3. Remove All Loose Items

As a hurricane approaches, the force of wind can turn seemingly harmless objects into projectiles. Stripping your yacht of loose gear, sails, cushions, and any non-essential items prevents potential damage to your yacht and nearby vessels.

4. Reinforce Windows, Hatches, and Ports

Sealing any potential entry points for water is crucial. Affixing plywood or storm shutters to windows, hatches, and ports guards against flooding. Ensure all seals are watertight, preventing unwanted water intrusion.

5. Haul Out or "Hurricane Holes"

For optimal protection, consider hauling your yacht out of the water if it's feasible. Alternatively, if you're near a designated hurricane hole – a naturally sheltered area – mooring your vessel there can offer a higher level of security.

6. Double-Check Bilge Pumps and Batteries

A functioning bilge pump can prevent water accumulation below deck. Regularly test and maintain bilge pumps, as well as auxiliary power sources such as batteries, to guarantee they're ready to keep water levels under control.

7. Insurance and Documentation

Before the storm hits, ensure your insurance policy is up-to-date and adequately covers hurricane-related damages. Document the condition of your yacht with photographs and videos, which can be crucial for insurance claims.

8. Stay Informed and Stay Safe

Staying informed with accurate weather updates and hurricane tracking is paramount. Trusted sources such as the National Hurricane Center provide real-time information to make informed decisions.

Arming yourself with knowledge and understanding empowers you to take proactive measures, ensuring the safety of your yacht and crew during hurricane season. At Calm Seas Yachting, we stand ready to assist you in every step of your boating journey, ensuring that your vessel emerges from any tempest with strength and resilience.For further insights and personalized advice, don't hesitate to contact us at

Disclaimer: Preparing Your Yacht for a Hurricane

The information provided above is for general informational purposes only. While we aim to provide accurate and current information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions. The steps outlined are general guidelines and should not replace professional advice. Yacht owners should consult experts and authorities for tailored recommendations. We are not liable for any losses or damages resulting from the use of this information. Use at your own risk.


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