MIYC October 2019

Marco Island Yacht Club

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Safety & Training

Hurricane Prep Checklist NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting that a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year with a likely range of 9 to 15 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). This is no reason to be complacent, of course, so this checklist, courtesy of America’s Boating Club, is well worth reading: Here are a few reminders and tips for securing your boat this hurricane season: • If your boat can be trailered, remove it from the water. Take the boat home or to an area elevated above the anticipated storm surge. Consider storing the boat in your garage. • If you do store your boat on land, choose a location clear of trees, overhead wires, or any objects that could come down. Also, do not store the boat on ground that is prone to becoming saturated because it could topple the boat. If possible, strap the boat to the ground. • Whether in the water or on land, reduce your boat’s surface area. Remove all covers, dodgers, canvas, Bimini tops and any gear stored on deck, including dinghies, small outboard motors, spare sails and fuel containers. Remove all sails from the rigging. • Consider removing expensive electronics and storing them at home. • Close all through-hull valves (except auto bilge drains or other deck drains). • Ensure that all the batteries are fully charged. Turn off all electronics except for automatic bilge pumps. • Close and secure all ports, windows and hatches. Secure vents and dorade boxes to engine spaces. • Add extra dock lines. Use as many cleats as possible to distribute the forces on these lines to a larger area. Secure some heavy lines to pilings, but allow for tide and storm surge. • Keep lines from the boat to floating piers as tight as possible. Tighten again after the lines are wet. The shock load of lines pulling on cleats is what usually causes them to fail. • Add chafing gear on all dock and mooring lines where needed, especially if the lines go through chocks. The heavy strain placed on these lines significantly increases the amount of wear on them. • Put out all of your fenders, even if your boat is in a slip with no other boats beside it. • Check and secure your insurance policy, and keep it in a safe place. The Marco Chapter of the United States Power Squadron presents - America’s Boating Course - Provides you with the basic knowledge and skills required to be a safe boater and qualify for a Florida Boating Safety Education ID Certificate. Course Covers: Boat Handling, Charts, Anchoring, Sound and Light Signals, VHF Radio, Required Equipment, Practical Navigation, Trailering, Charts, Knots & Lines, State & Federal Regulations, Rules of the road and much more. Five Evening Sessions: Oct. 21, 24, 28, 31 & Nov. 4 at 6:15pm at the Squadron’s Learning Center. Course fee $40. Please register by Oct. 18. For Enrollment or more course information, Contact: Tippy Cavanagh: tippchgc@aol.com or 239-393-9158 Trevor Haworth - MIYC Safety and Training Officer Trevor Haworth Safety & Training Officer

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