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Old 08-24-2012, 09:09 AM   #1
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My 1st hurricane, so what to do with my boat ? It is stored on a trailer right by the bay, so there is possibility of flooding over seawall. Thought of calling boat storage place and see if I can leave it there for a week. No family here who has a spot to leave at, other neighbors are in the same situation. We are located by weeks bay. Best to leave uncovered or try to make cover tighter ?
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:20 AM   #2
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Get it away from possible flooding. That's priority number one. If you have faith in your cover, just tighten it down. It's a ragged cover, it will get ripped off. Either way, make sure the drain plug is out and clear of debris.

During these times there are usually plenty of forum members that have room for boats to get them away from the water. I have room away from the water, but I have trees which can be even more deadly during a storm.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:27 AM   #3
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Yeah, I have trees around the boat too. I will see if anyone close offers, or may call storage yard, Will wait a day or so to see what direction it is going, have a truck to deal with also. I work in Birmingham, so have to make decision by Sunday.
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I'm in the same boat. Sounds like we may have a Birmingham caravan on Sunday.
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Those that have small boats, I've always chained em to a tree---put the plug in and put some water in it to weight it down and never had a problem. Wouldn't suggest it on larger vessels....
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Please read my thread post answer to previous thread here or go to my post on the Gen Discussion forum titled "Boat Prep Steps for Hurricane PLEASE READ"

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I will offer up my place for hurricane storage of boats free of charge, i have room for about 40 boats, just let me know.
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If you can get it away from the flood zone. I have a friend that lives North of Weeks Bay on the Fish River. He has had enough water in his yard to float his boat (26' CC) while it was sitting on the trailer.

I would take the cover off, depends on wind speed but it would be easy for it to get ripped up. Make sure the boat and trailer are tied together and if the area may flood then tie the trailer to something or anchor it.

If you have an automatic bilge pump it will likely run your battery down depending on the amount and duration of the rain so taking the plug out makes sense unless you are where the area may flood.

Make sure no trees can reach your boat, they will crush it if they hit it.

I am in OB and will be putting mine on a trailer and getting it North. Out of harms way I hope. Good Luck.
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Wow Kenny, that is nice of you to offer that. If the storm passes east of us, we will be fine, gotta keep a eye out for it. Thanks for the advice thus far
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I can pull your boat to where you want it for you Birmingham folks, even if you are an Auburn fan. LOL!!! I'm talking 10 miles or so, folks. You don't even have to pay me for gas. Just return the favor to another PFF member in need when it comes up. Prefer to move the ones on SC and on the West side of town though. Don't want to be driving over in Gulf Breeze or nothing.
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