Very often the boats that donít survive were not prepped.
I swear I believe that many boat owners must be cheering for the Hurricane
, mouth watering at the thought of the Insurence check.
Or they are just plain lazy, or not very smart, but sometimes just absent and wonít or canít pay someone to do the prep work
, there are people of course that you can pay to do that.
To answer your question, you have a plan. That plan may consist of already having a reservation if you will for a spot on the hard
, I believe some pay in advance for that privilege
Iíve not done that, so far may plan has been to find what I consider to be a survivable Marina, one I was in in Panama
City I knew wasnít so my plan then was I had a spot picked out to anchor
out, and I believe some boats that did survived Michael, none in the Marina survived, and you donít get much worse than Michael.
Anyway where I am at in Jacksonville
which is I hope a survivable Marina, based on history
it is. Anyway most have prepped well, a few have done nothing at all, even leaving lawn furniture on deck
. It seems the boats with for sale
signs on them have been marginally prepped by Brokers, something that I didnít know was done, only one or two prepped by owners, and even then you donít see new dock
Anyway I hope what happens is that the storm gives us a pass, and those that did nothing will walk around with an air of superiority congratulating themselves for not buying
into the hype.
Iíve seen it before a few times.
Itís interesting to see how different boat types prep differently, I have yet to see a a Cat pull the main, never seen it even once, must be a real bear to do.
Most power boats donít tie in well, I think maybe that as a rule
they donít understand the power of wind
as well as a Sailor?
You see things that are all over the place too, one couple on a sister ship to mine, stripped everything, even the Solar
panel etc., but their lines are in my mind both way undersized and not nearly enough of them.
Then some say ďIíve done all I canĒ and get in the car and leave, where Iím convinced that if it gets bad that there is a lot you can do to save a boat from adding / replacing chafed lines, to adjusting loose ones etc.
Itís definitely a crap shoot, however I believe to a large extent you can control the odds.