Really depends on the intensity of the storm and your location to it. I usually set up multiple lines to our dock
making sure that there's plenty of compenstation for rising water
. And tie to healthy pilings. Oftentimes, dock cleats
aren't as secured as a solid piling. If it's gonna be a major Cat 4 or 5 I would seriously consider anchoring
out and using the Hurricane Mooring
system by Colligo Engineering. You use three anchors set 120 degrees apart along with a bridle
setup to the cross beam (I'm on a cat) along with a centerpoint up through the anchor
roller. Gotta make sure you have plenty of chaving gear
in place as well. Then three Hail Mary's and four Our Fathers usually help as well.., Oh, and make sure that the boats around you are secured as well cause you're only as safe as the guy anchored up wind
of you. Some people like to stay onboard during the hurricane but not me. I'm out of there.
I just chased Hurricane Gustav up here to Panama
(Gulf Coast). I'm a staff photographer for SURFER Magazine so it's part of my job. I'm sitting in the RV as we speak waiting for the sun to come up. Surf should be Huge! Good thing about the RV compared to the boat is that you're more mobile and can just fire it up and drive away if the storm decides to change track and come at you. I'm also keeping an eye on T.S. Hanna which is forecasted to parallel the East Coast
. As soon as I'm done here with Gustav I'm heading back home to Melbourne to make sure she doesn't change her mind and head
at us. I still have my lines and sails
secured to my boat so I'd have to just re-tune a few things if she decides to make a run at us.