A Floridian going to the Bahamas
in the summer has a place for her boat already, in Florida
. If you have no "home" dock
, you are going to have a hard time finding one with a storm approaching. A tropical storm can be no picnic on a boat, too.
Here in New England
, I have the option of staying at my dock
at the YC or hauling at the yard where I store the boat in the winter. In either case, if the storm surge is just 3' higher than it was in Narragansett bay for Sandy, the pilings will be overtopped and the land storage
place will be enough under water
to float boats off the jack stands. The YC pilings were cut for aesthetic reasons when installed some years ago, grr. I have these options at all because I have a yearly business relationship with both places. If I were inquiring for a haul out
as a storm approached, with a 60' powerboat, the yard would probably not be able to accommodate me. Even as a customer, for Irene I asked really late (ie, 3 days before the storm), and they couldn't promise. They did get the boat hauled in the end. But they have to be done with hauling 24 hours before the storm approaches; they have to secure the marina after they finish with the boats. It may be even earlier now. In Sandy, a few marinas
tied all the boats together and they had less damage, so I expect my marina would attempt that in the future. I left the boat in the water
for Sandy with lines doubled and tripled in some cases. One broke, but the boat was fine. Another boat was holed. The water came within 3' of topping the pilings. There was2' of water in the boatyard. And we were over 150 miles away from the storm.
Having lived in the Keys for five years and ultimately having moved away cuz it's too darned hot 6 months of the year, I wouldn't want to spend the summer in the Bahamas
. Too darned hot! Every single