Living in West Hartford, CT, you won’t often worry about super storms. If recent years have taught us anything, it is that no one is truly exempt from risk. If you want to make sure natural disasters pose as little threat as possible to your favorite vehicle, there are some tips to help you succeed. These are the top tips from StateChoice to defend your boat from Mother Nature.
Scale to Size
There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Your plan should cater to your boat. If you can hitch it to a trailer, it can evacuate to safety with you. Since that isn’t a solution for every boat, you can consider lifts or simply fastening to the dock. In extreme cases, some ships are deliberately sunk and then salvaged after the storm passes. If you are unsure, feel free to solicit advice from experts as to the best solution for your particular boat.
Empty the Vessel
You usually can’t scrape the craft completely clean of literally everything. That said, get as much out of there as you can. This prevents damage to items in the boat and to the boat itself. Primary points of concern should include canvas, sails, dinghies, radios, cushions or Bimini tops. Anything that can’t be removed should be fastened as securely as possible. Anything that can be tossed by the storm will be, and it multiplies the risk of damage.
Tie it Properly
If there is no alternative, you’ll probably find yourself tying the boat to a dock. As risky as it feels, it is estimated that 50 percent of all hurricane-caused boat damage could have been prevented with better lines. Make sure yours are sufficiently long and thick, and do your best to secure the boat against any possible chaffing. If you do this, you’ll be safe from the vast majority of extreme storms.
Of course, no amount of planning can ever prove completely foolproof. The last line of defense in West Hartford, CT, is the same as anywhere else: good insurance coverage. Speak with a StateChoice representative today, and we’ll help you make sure you have everything you need.