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Old 24-08-2011, 04:51   #1
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Prep Tips for Hurricane While at Anchor?

I have no choice but to leave my boat at anchor so I've been frantically searching for tips on hurricane prep for a boat that will be anchored.

I'm in the Potomac river near Wash DC. If I leave the boat in the middle of the river (depth 12 feet) it would have a half mile in all directions in which it could drag (god forbid) and there would be no other boats or obstructions. If I go to the "hurricane hole" there will be boats close by in a marina, and shoreline very close where I could possibly tie up to trees on shore, but if something goes wrong I could lose the boat. Which should I choose? (I have an oversized storm anchor and two Danforths.) Any other tips would be much appreciated!

I've got my life savings tied up in this boat and I'm starting to get a little worried.
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Re: Prep tips for Hurricane while at anchor?

Is the boat insured? If not, I'd try to get it hauled and unstep the mast. Second best would be to find a really heavy mooring and get make sure there is really good chafe protection on the pennant. Leaving the boat anchored in the middle of the river is taking chances, if the hurricane passes over you. Of course, right now, it looks like you might get tropical storm winds but the hurricane will pass out to sea.
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Re: Prep tips for Hurricane while at anchor?

I am also getting ready. It looks as though it may be moving more to the east. Lets hope so.
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Re: Prep tips for Hurricane while at anchor?

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Praying it will miss ya! IN my humble opinion 1/2 mile is not enough room. Irene is forecasted to be a major hurricane, I think a lot of water is going to come up that river ( big storm surge) BUT I would find some old sea salt in your area, dink over to the guy tying up to the trees and in the hurricane hole and talk about what happened last storm. Gleen local knowledge, You may hear that the river is not your best chance. What about that marina? Is it a good one? Floating docks with tall pilings for high storm surge?
Sorry I couldn't give you Any real local knowledge but a 1/2 mile is nothing in a major storm( IMHO ).
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Re: Prep tips for Hurricane while at anchor?

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I have no choice but to leave my boat at anchor so I've been frantically searching for tips on hurricane prep for a boat that will be anchored.
Get the sails down and folded below. Clear everything off the decks that you can. If you are staying aboard get outboard off the dinghy and sink the dinghy. Put all your anchor rode out. Double or triple up the anchor snubber. Zip-tie rags around the snubbers at any possible chafe points. Consider running all your halyards to the masthead with messenger lines to recover them later. I coil the tails of my halyards and zip-tie them in several places.

Do all your laundry, fill up fuel and water tanks (James Creek Marina is your closest accessible fuel dock, yes?), and load up on food.

Can you get down to Mattawoman Creek? That may be the best hole for you. The nearest haulout is probably in Colonial Beach.
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Thanks all, for the tips. I am heading to West marine to pick up some more line and then to prepare the boat. Happy Hurricane!
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Re: Prep tips for Hurricane while at anchor?

http://www.boatus.com/hurricanes/ass...prep_guide.pdf

I really really like the advice boat us gives too.
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Re: Prep tips for Hurricane while at anchor?

We did a post on both our websites for the 2010 season but the info might be helpful.
The Trawler Beach House: Hurricane Preparations For The 2010 Season . Chuck
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