LESSONS LEARNED

Yachting Monthly - - THE LEARNING CURVE -

1 DE­VELOP A STRAT­EGY

Have a de­tailed ac­tion plan for se­cur­ing the boat and put it into prac­tice be­fore the sea­son starts to en­sure it works.

2 GET RE­LI­ABLE FORE­CASTS AND KEEP CHECK­ING THEM

Check hur­ri­cane fore­casts at least twice a day and six-hourly if there is any­thing de­vel­op­ing. Use more than one source and make sure they are up to date.

3 AC­CESS ALL AR­EAS

En­sure you have a de­pend­able means of ac­cess­ing weather fore­casts from the boat, whether at sea or close to shore.

4 RE­FINE YOUR ANCHORING TECH­NIQUE AND EQUIP­MENT

It’s not just about hav­ing the right equip­ment but also us­ing it ef­fec­tively. Any weak link in the process and your sys­tem is go­ing to fail.

5 WATCH RO­TA­TIONS

Lets face it, you’re not likely to sleep through a hur­ri­cane but hav­ing some­one on watch is es­sen­tial to quickly re­spond to any is­sues or raise the alarm.

6 BE PRE­PARED BE­FORE THE HUR­RI­CANE HITS

Ac­tiv­i­ties are dif­fi­cult to un­der­take dur­ing storm con­di­tions. Pre­pare early, even if only on the out­skirts of a storm.

7 HAVE BA­SIC DIS­AS­TER SUP­PLIES ON HAND

Keep wa­ter topped-up and have plenty of non-per­ish­able food. Con­sider ad­di­tional re­quire­ments for pets and chil­dren.

8 BE READY TO LEAVE AT A MO­MENT’S NO­TICE

As soon as you’re is­sued with a Hur­ri­cane Watch or Warn­ing, en­sure you’re prepped ready to set sail out of the threat­ened area.

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