2024 Hurricane Season
Categories: Boating, Insurance|Published On: June 16, 2024|4.1 min read|

Preparing Your Boat for the 2024 Hurricane Season

With the 2024 hurricane season on the horizon, it’s more important than ever for boat owners to take steps to protect their investments. NOAA forecasts an above-normal hurricane season this year, expecting 12-18 named storms, of which 6-11 could become hurricanes, and 2-5 might escalate to major hurricane status. Given this increased activity, it’s essential to be prepared. At Outdoor AdvINSURE, we want to ensure you have the information and resources needed to safeguard your boat.

Steps to Protect Your Boat

  1. Stay Informed: Regularly check weather updates and forecasts from reliable sources like NOAA. Awareness of approaching storms will give you ample time to prepare.
  2. Review your Hurricane Plan: Establish a detailed plan for securing your boat. This plan should include selecting a safe location and outlining the steps needed to protect your vessel. Ensure that everyone involved understands their responsibilities. Key aspects to consider:
    • Haul-Out Arrangements: If your plan includes hauling out your boat, confirm that your haul-out contracts are in place well in advance. Boatyards and marinas can fill up quickly as storms approach, so securing your spot early is critical. Familiarize yourself with the procedures and timelines of your chosen facility.
    • Assign Responsibilities: Clearly designate tasks to each crew or family member. This includes who will move the boat, secure lines, remove valuables, and check bilge pumps.
    • Communication Plan: Set up a communication plan to ensure everyone knows how to reach each other and what steps to take if someone is unavailable. Having a backup contact person is also wise.
    • Supplies and Tools: Prepare an emergency kit with necessary supplies such as extra lines, fenders, duct tape, chafe protectors, and basic tools. Keep this kit easily accessible for last-minute adjustments.
    • Insurance Documents: Keep copies of your insurance policy and your insurance agent’s contact information in a safe and easily accessible place. This will be crucial if you need to file a claim quickly. Remember you can file a claim online with our agency 24 hours a day!
  3. Choose a Safe Location: If possible, relocate your boat to a safer area. Remember that some insurance companies may require you to move your boat out of the path of an incoming storm to be covered.
  4. Secure Your Boat: If your boat remains in the water, double up on dock lines and use chafe protectors to prevent wear. Remove loose items from the deck and secure all hatches and windows. If your boat is on a trailer, secure the trailer with straps and consider blocking the wheels to prevent movement.
  5. Remove Valuables and Electronics: Take all valuable items and electronics off the boat to prevent loss or damage. This includes important documents, GPS devices, radios, and other portable equipment.
  6. Check the Bilge Pumps: Ensure your bilge pumps are working correctly and that the batteries are fully charged. This will help remove any water that may enter the boat during the storm.
  7. Seal Openings: Close and seal all hatches, windows, and doors to prevent water from entering the boat. Use duct tape or special storm covers for additional protection.
  8. Disconnect Power Supplies: Disconnect shore power and any other electrical connections to prevent damage from electrical surges or short circuits.
  9. Document Everything: Take photos and videos of your boat, both inside and out, to document its condition before the storm. This will be crucial for any insurance claims you may need to file later.

The Role of Insurance

Having the right insurance coverage is vital in protecting your investment. At Outdoor AdvINSURE, we understand the unique risks that boat owners face during hurricane season. Here’s how our insurance can help:

  • Comprehensive Coverage: We sourde policies from multiple insurance companies and can ensure that your boat has adequate coverage in the case of an incoming storm.
  • Hurricane Haul Out Coverage: Some policies offer emergency assistance to help you move your boat to a safer location before a storm hits. Some companies will also reimburse you for expenses to protect your boat such as purchasing extra lines and fenders.
  • Claim Support: In the unfortunate event that your boat is damaged, our team will support you through the claims process, ensuring that you receive the compensation you need to repair or replace your vessel.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that your boat is insured against hurricane damage allows you to focus on keeping yourself and your family safe during a storm.

Preparing for the 2024 hurricane season is essential for protecting your boat from potential damage. By following these steps, you can minimize the risk to your vessel and ensure that it weathers the storm. Remember, the right insurance coverage from Outdoor AdvINSURE can provide the support and peace of mind you need during this challenging time. If you have any questions about your policy or need to update your coverage, don’t hesitate to contact us.

As always, remember to wear your life jacket and enjoy the water!

Eric Fisher

Written by Eric Fisher

Owner and Boat Insurance Guy Outdoor AdvINSURE

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