Hurricane Preparedness

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Hurricane Preparedness advice for securing your boat in the coming hurricane

  • Find the spot that is most protected from waves and wind
  • Use as large of an anchor as possible for your primary anchor
  • Maximize your scope, please try to use at least 10:1 scope.
  • Add extra anchors on separate rode, we do not recommend tandem anchor set ups
  • Setting up the anchors in the asymmetric Y configuration is our preference.


Note: the length of rode from the split should differ by at least 10 feet between the two anchors, so the two anchors cannot foul each other in the case of wind rotation.


  • The picture above denotes a branch with two anchors, this arrangement can be duplicated to include more anchors, but make sure that there is adequate space between anchors.

  • Even if you deploy the anchors in V formation 45 degrees apart with wind rotation the anchors can reorient themselves to be lined up in a straight line, and if the two legs of the V were the same length, the two anchors would foul each other (see figure below). Thus regardless if setting up Y formation or V formation pay attention to the distance between anchors once lined up in straight line.

  • Make sure that all your anchors are well set
  • Chafe protection on all areas that could be subject to rubbing
  • If your rode is chain please make sure to use a snubber/bridle that is 30 feet long to absorb the shock loads expected in the storm, the importance of this cannot be overstated as it can lessen the maximum loads from a storm threefold (use chafe protection on the snubber line)
  • Check your strong points, cleats for corrosion and reinforce as needed
  • Check you bilge pump/strainers
  • Charge your batteries
  • Close through hulls that are not necessary
  • Take down your canvas, solar panels, wind generator blades



The Boat Galley Guide to “Hurricane Prep”

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