Some areas are not affected much by storm surge. You can go to the Florida keys
and see areas that have been through dozens of hurricanes and minimal to no storm surge. The same is true in the Bahamas
. The water can't build up because there is no basin to catch the water in many locations. The water or storm surge simply blows by the small islands.
When I had Exit Only built, there was an option for lifting chainplates being placed in the hull so that a crane could pick up Exit Only and set her on dry land in an area where there was little storm surge risk, but there is a massive risk of instant destruction if she gets blown up on the reefs
and on to dry land.
Any crane that can lift
20,000 pounds can hook into our lifting chainplates without using a spreader bar and lift
Exit Only on to dry land. This was the exact reason I had the chain plates installed. I have had Exit Only lifted four times by her lifting chainplates and they work just fine.
There are hundreds of out of the way places around the world that are not prone to storm surges and are suitable for lifting the yacht on two dry land. If I ever had to be lifted, I would drive a couple of dozen giant rebar stakes into the ground and tie Exit Only firmly to the ground with every line that I have. When I lived in Arabia, I saw the giant bedouin tents staked down to the ground with heavy rebar stakes pounded into the ground with sledge hammers. Their brutal sandstorms in the desert can have hurricane
There are lots of places in the Bahamas
where the holding is extremely poor. There is a thin layer of sand covering impenetrable hard pan. If the anchor
lets go in a storm, your boat is history
Depending where you cruise
, lifting your boat out before a hurricane
can be the difference be loss of the yacht and zero damage.
I would not use the same strategy on the Gulf Coast
where the storm surge can reach 12 feet or more. But out in the islands, it can work well for you.
Every storm situation is different and every destination
has different holding, different reefs
, different rocks, and different shoreline. Yacht designs are different. Storm surges vary substantially in different locations, and very significantly in the same location depending to the path of the storm.
Don't let anyone tell you that it's crazy to take your boat out of the water before a hurricane. That's why my boat is out of the water on the hard
during hurricane season. That's why I have lifting chain plates on Exit Only.