I have created a playlist on youtube that is focused on Hurricane
Preparation (and Tropical Storm Preparation) videos. My playlist contains 40 videos (as of Oct 5 2016). It also includes videos of sailboats in hurricanes, including a few at anchor
, a few in rescue
videos etc. I will add videos in the future as I find them. If you have a video you wish to have added, please post a link below or send me a PM. I hope this helps others prepare.
Playlist for 40+ Videos
There are a few videos I especially recommend as instructive:
1. Westmarine - Preparing Your Boat for a Hurricane
A good video that gives 10 tips on hurricane
preparation, with those tips taken from a free downloadable 12 page document published by BoatUS. Most of the video is about dock
lines, but does mention some tips on being on the hard
. Some might see this as a promotional video for boatus, but I think there is some value to it. Here is a link to the video (with Chuck Hawley narrating):
Here is a link to the site where you can download the 12 page PDF booklet and what looks like a useful downloadable hurricane preparation form (where you can enter your plan and important info). This website also has information about current
hurricanes and lots of info you might find helpful. BoatUS Hurricane Tracking & Resource Center
2. Tropical Storm Tactics - Tying a Sailboat in Mangrove
Excellent video with very good demonstration and narration of choosing a location (in an anchorage at a Caribbean
island), tying a boat into the mangrove root system, and what happens.
3. Hurricane Wilma Adventure
The best video I have seen that shows what can happen if one stays on their boat. This video shows what happens to a cruiser who elected to stay aboard his boat in Florida
during a hurricane. Very good video footage that shows the effects of the wind
on the water
and white out conditions. Unfortunately, the boat was lost
(sank) at the end, after the bow of the boat broke somehow (not explained in the video, but mentioned by the video producer in the comments) or the mooring
line parted (unknown). Final still image shows the boat underwater at a pier.
4. Sailboat Caught in Hurricane Julio off Oahu
This video shows USCG aerial footage of the boat in the seas after a Hurricane passed nearby and the condition of the boat. The crew was rescued, though that is not shown in this video. The captain
said in an interview that the sails
were unable to be used due to the wind
strength and the engine
was not useable because the wave action had stirred up sludge in his fuel tank
and they could not keep the fuel
filters clean. So, the boat was simply adrift and out of control.