NEWS from BoatUS
Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
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Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
Boaters Should Plan Hurricane Strategy This Winter
Free Hurricane Prep Tips and Tools at BoatUS’ Online Hurricane Resource Center
ALEXANDRIA , Va. , Jan. 22, 2008 – The hurricane season may seem a long way off, but spending a little time now planning how you will protect your boat from the next storm could mean the difference between minor scratches and the total loss of your boat. To help boaters plan their hurricane strategy, the experts at the BoatUS Marine Insurance Damage Avoidance Program have a information packed Web site at http://www.BoatUS.com/Hurricanes that can help boaters customize their own hurricane plan now.
The information comes from the experiences of the BoatUS Insurance Program’s “Catastrophe Team.” This field response team consists of claims adjusters, salvage specialists and transportation staff that are on the front lines of recreational boat storm recovery and damage assessment.
“We see all of the bad stuff – especially the boats that could have been saved if there had been more effort made,” said the Director of the BoatUS Damage Avoidance Program, Bob Adriance. “With every storm, we learn more about which preparations work and which ones don’t. Sharing this information allows boaters to make smarter decisions in hurricane planning.”
The information available at http://www.BoatUS.com/Hurricanes includes:
- A free, downloadable Guide to Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes and a Hurricane Preparation Worksheet
- Hurricane Preparation: Location, Location, Location
- Strap Down Boats Stored Ashore
- Canals, the Ultimate Hurricane Holes
- Chafe Protection in Storms
- Hurricanes and Rope s
- How Secure is Your Marina Likely to be in a Hurricane?
- Moorings That Can Stay Put in a Hurricane
- Sample Marina and Boat Club Facility Hurricane Plans from Texas, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida
The Web site is a good way to stay informed whenever a storm threatens to come ashore, with extensive storm tracking features available including “spaghetti” landfall strike probability models. Also included are live satellite images, wind band information, NOAA advisories, and a hurricane message board to share experiences.
BoatUS – Boat Owners Association of The United States – is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its 650,000 members with a wide array of consumer services. For membership information visit http://www.BoatUS.com or call 800-395-2628.