Here atKey West Bight Marina, we will continue to provide you with the information you need to help weather any storm and get some much-needed peace of mind. With that said, below is a list of what to expect and how to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.
Before the Storm
>> Moving Your Boat to Land
If a hurricane is forecast to make landfall, it is recommended youremoveyour boat from the water —if possible—to protect it from damage by the dock or other boats left nearby. The higher the anticipated storm surge, the farther inland you’ll want to move your boat. Familiarizing yourself with the height of the docks and contacting the staff at Bight Marina will help you assess the safest locations.
>> Keeping Your Boat in the Water
If you plan to keep your boat in the water, turn off the electrical system and remove the battery and all equipment in which it’s feasible to do so. For those items that cannot be removed, tie them down and wrap them with protective covering wherever the ropes touch the boat to prevent chafing. Seal all windows and doors, and make sure to turn off all fuel lines.
>> Reviewing Your Boat Insurance
Prior to the storm, review your boat insurance policy and retrieve all essential documents for storage in a safe place. You’ll need these materials after the storm for processing any insurance claims for storm damage.
During the Storm
>> Sheltering and Safety
During the storm, stay in a protected, safe locationand attend to the health and safety needs of your family and personal property. Make sure to stay tuned in to news broadcasts and weather advisories so you will know when the danger has passed and it’s safe to go back outside. Never stay aboard your boat during a hurricane!
>> Storm Surge & Rainfall
While Key West was relatively lucky during Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Wilma’s storm surge brought water levels up to almost five feet. It’s normal for six 12 inches of rain to fall within 24 hours during a hurricane. In 2017, during Hurricane Irma, many areas of The Keys endured between 10-15 inches of rainfall.
After the storm has passed and it’s safe to return to where your boat is located, make sure to contact your insurance agent to notify them of any damage to the vessel. It’s important to take clear photographs and even videos that are dated to the period just following the storm.