Thank you for your question/comment. The opinion I offered comes from the experience and observing the results of the hurricanes that have pounded the northeast coast over the last 70 plus years. Observed was the fact that surviving more often than not were the "fixed" docks at the marinas
, while the floating docks were scattered all over the area. Also the result of the floating dock
damage to the hulls of the boats left tied to them was plentiful, if they weren't sunk from punctures.
Actually the best thing to do is to untie the boat, if you are not already in a protected cove or anchorage, is to head
for a place where you can properly maneuver your boat by heading into the wind and keep dropping back and forth into and with the wind until it passes. Yes you will need to be on the lookout for drifting articles and avoid them. If you maintain a slow headway and avoid hitting anything you will come through quite safely. Of course you should be prudent and wear a life vest or similar during the storm.
I have seen the proven results of this many times and have done it myself through two of the worse hurricanes to hit Rhode Island
and the east coast
, excluding the 1938 hurricane
One added point; floating docks basically are designed more to be a simple tying up slip for the temporary access to your boat. They have become popular because they are much cheaper to build and repair. A fixed pier is designed as a more permanent base and is much more expensive to engineer
and construct. They are significantly more structurally sound and stable for docking
. Therefore more durable in a hurricane
if you were to remain tied up to one.
Also having designed the replacement of the docks in Galilee RI the decision of the Owners was to replace with fixed type verses floating type because of the proven durability. These are used by both the fishing
fleet and recreational boaters.
Choice is always good however.