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Old 25-01-2012, 17:33   #1
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Haul-out Hurricane Storage USA

I need to find a boatyard that can haul and store my boat during the hurricane season and meet my insurer's requirements. I want to find somewhere not too far from the Bahamas (ie Florida or Georgia)

Now the tricky part... My insurers specify that the boat has to be stored in a cradle and tied down to ground anchors when hauled out in the hurricane season. The alternative is to use jack-stands and chains instead of a cradle (still with ground anchors) but this is only allowed north of 30.5 degrees North (ie N Florida border upwards).

As I'm British and currently sailing the Leeward Islands I need some inside knowledge from you USA based cruisers. Can anyone help?

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I believe you will find Georgia less expensive than Florida. Check out Claiborne Young's cruisersnet.net. There's lots of information about boatyards and marinas along the ICW.
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Old 28-02-2012, 12:27   #3
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Many thanks, I will see what he says.
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Westland Marina in Titusville, Fl or Green Cove Springs Marina at Green Cove Springs, Fl are two popular possibilities.
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I could recommend a number of good boatyards but I'm not aware of any in Fl that have or use ground anchors since many are paved.
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Riverside Marina in Ft Pierce uses ground anchors. Many Canadians use that marina for summer storage.
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Re: Haul-out Hurricane Storage USA

Many thanks for these useful contribuions - it certainly isn't going to be easy keeping my insurer happy when I get to the USA !!!

Special thanks to Double-wide for the Riverside Marina suggestion.

Does anyone know of any yards in Georgia as the insurance requirements are less strict North of the Florida border? - don't ask me why :-(
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I need to find a boatyard that can haul and store my boat during the hurricane season and meet my insurer's requirements. I want to find somewhere not too far from the Bahamas (ie Florida or Georgia)
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There is, or was in 2005, a yard in Georgetown, Bahamas that stores on the hard. Not sure about the ground anchor part, but if it is not paved (which I don't think it was) then that should not be hard to accomplish. I've seen the yard while at anchor there, but unfortunately don't recall the name. Probably some Bahamas cruisers here who know it.
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We have stayed at Thunderbolt Marine in Savannah and it is 1st class but somewhat expense. They cater to mega yachts but can do most any repairs needed.
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Tiger Point Marina in Fernandina Beach, FL. has 8 and ten pad cradles, not jackstands. They are in N. Florida just south of the FL/Ga border. They can meet all your insurer's requirements. Tell them "Breathless" sent you. Very helpful staff.
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Many thanks again for all the good suggestions

Vasco - the yard at Fernandina Beach sounds perfect so I'll drop them a mail now.

We are now in our last 4 weeks of cruising the Windwards, leaving the boat this summer in Grenada, so with this good information I'll be hot on the phone in the UK to get something firmed up for next season.
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Hi Rayfarrar, you might try St Marys, which is just north of Fernandina in GA. I've never been there but remembered it from winters in GA.

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Thanks cheoah, they don't say much about storage on their web site but I'll try emailing them.

Feedback on other suggestions:

Tiger Point Marina - they sound good and have put me on their list for next year. As long as I can work out the CBP rules for leaving my boat in the USA this could be the one to go for.

Bahamas - I couldn't find a storage yard near Georgetown, but I came across this on Grand Bahama in my search Bahamas Concrete Docks | Bahamas Ship Yard News | Bradford Marine Bahamas This could be a good option if the CBP rules make leaving the boat in the USA impractical.
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