A QUICK GUIDE TO: SECURING YOUR BOAT

By June 2, 2015Household
  • IMG_8254Take all trailers and small vessels out of the water.
  • Remove boat plugs or add weight to smaller boats by filling the boat up to halfway with water. Filling it all the way could cause damage.
  • Flatten the trailer tires.
  • If radio equipment can be removed, take it out. Remove the outboard motor and anything that could blow away.
  • Store boats and trailers indoors in a garage or storage building, if possible. Boats stowed ashore are more likely to survive than those in the water.
  • If the boat must remain outdoors, lash both the boat and trailer down with heavy rope or chains anchored to the ground and away from objects that could fall on them.
  • Support the trailer axle and prevent the trailer from rolling by placing blocks against each wheel.
  • If your boat must remain in the water, tie it together with other boats, at the bows and sterns, and separate with protective bumpers.
  • Do not tie boats parallel to the shore as waves often capsize or beach vessels in this position.
  • Never venture out to sea if a small craft advisory or storm warning alert is in force.