December 6, 2013
If you own a boat, stay informed of the weather before disaster strikes. Listen to weather reports on News 12 and for highly detailed marine weather forecasts on NOAA Weather Radio several days before boating. Pay special attention to any small boat cautionary statements, Small Craft Advisories and Gale or Storm Warnings in the forecasts.
Once you are out on the water, observe general safety rules, stay tuned to your NOAA Weather Radio and keep your eye to the sky. If you see signs of an approaching storm, head for shore. If you are caught on the water, get below deck if possible, and remember that lightning and gusty winds will pose a safety threat. Stay away from metal objects and wear your personal flotation device.
When a hurricane or tropical system is approaching, remember to keep plenty of rope and other tools on hand to secure your boat and/or trailer. The best advice is to remove the boat from the water, park the boat and trailer close to a building (or in a garage), and attach the trailer’s tongue to a firm spot in the ground. You can also partially fill the boat with water to add additional weight, but you will need to place blocks between the trailer’s frame and axle to protect the springs.
If you store your boat at a marina or other facility, check with them about precautions they will take to secure your property and if there are any additional costs involved.