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Erika Aims for the Coast: Boaters - What's Your Hurricane Plan?

Tropical Storm Erika is beating its way to the US coastline. Are boaters preparing?
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PALM BEACH, Fla., August 27, 2015 – In Florida, the Palm Beach Post reported that boat owners are wasting no time preparing for Tropical Storm Erika. However, some boaters still don’t have a hurricane plan. Palm Beach Yacht Center dockmaster Jena Bradley said yesterday that she had received at least 30 calls from boat owners looking for dry dock to store their boat. “All I can say is, ‘I wish you luck.’ I refer them to a couple of places but there’s no guarantee. It amazes me how many have called me today and they don’t have a plan. There’s a named storm out there coming in our direction and they don’t have a plan.’’

With the storm expected to strengthen and turn north, boaters along the Atlantic coast from Florida to North Carolina have help preparing from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). BoatUS offers no cost, downloadable hurricane planning resources for boaters and marinas online at Included are:

1. The easy-to-download, sharable, “BoatUS Tips for Protecting Boats in Hurricanes” is a basic, short, two-page primer on hurricane prep for all boaters in a hurricane state.

2. “Boater’s Guide to Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes” is the boater’s guide on Hurricane prep 101, and has more details on protecting your boat and a marina.

3. “What Works: A Guide to Preparing Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Boats for Hurricanes” is a helpful resource for marina and boat club staff, community resiliency managers and local government that focuses on protecting facilities.

When a storm approaches, also has up-to-the-minute storm tracking tools with live satellite images, as well as checklists for what to do before and after a hurricane strikes.

Much of the hurricane guide information comes from BoatUS and its Marine Insurance Catastrophe (CAT) Team, a national leader in hurricane preparedness that has over 30 years of storm salvage experience. Go to for more.


About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit