Survival After the Storm
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you stock up on storm supplies, make sure your boat is also stocked,
a boat that you can live on for awhile. This includes water and fuel.
- If it’s better to haul your boat for the storm, do it. Don’t
just leave it in the water with the thought that you may need it after
the storm. It may not be there when you need it.
of your haulout facility whether they have generators or other equipment
to get your boat back in the water right after the storm. They should
be able to put you in soon if it’s consistent
with safety, although sometimes yard crews have all they can do to
take care of their homes and families after a storm.
- Don’t run a generator at night while you’re
sleeping and have fume alarms fully working. A good marine generator
is a very practical addition to a boat and a joy to have. But any
generator is a machine that mixes explosive fuel (even diesel can
cause a conflagration under the right circumstances) and internal
combustion and electricity and exhaust. Use it carefully and follow
all the instructions and warnings.
- Invest in an inverter and deep cycle storage batteries. That way
you can use many comforts such as TV and maybe a microwave while the
generator is at rest.
- If your
boat’s tanks don’t hold much water, add some
by filling jugs and storing them low in the cockpit or some other place
that doesn’t upset the boat’s balance.
- If you’re going to haul your boat, carefully consider what
the addition of weight of water, fuel etc. will do to the boat when
it’s on slings or a lift. Unfortunately you may not be able to
add much weight. It depends on your boat and the hauling equipment
and method. But if you can’t add the weight, you can have it
ready to add for the days after the storm.
- Consider getting a cell phone antenna and amplifier for your boat.
If a local tower is down you may be able to reach another. Previous
columns here have discussed this.
- Have a TV that can work without cable. Have a regular battery powered
(unless you have an inverter which will power it) radio so that you
can get local news.
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