Boat Owners Association of The United StatesNews Room

October 06, 2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, Vice President Public Affairs, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.comSCroft@BoatUS.com

Gulf Boaters Prepare for Hurricane Delta

BoatUS offers free hurricane planning information, videos, worksheet

Tie-downs can help prevent a vessel that is stored ashore from being toppled onto its side during high winds. This boat, located at Pensacola Shipyard, Pensacola, Florida, successfully weathered Hurricane Sally as it roared ashore with 105 mph winds.
Tie-downs can help prevent a vessel that is stored ashore from being toppled onto its side during high winds. This boat, located at Pensacola Shipyard, Pensacola, Florida, successfully weathered Hurricane Sally as it roared ashore with 105 mph winds.
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Tieing vessels firmly to the ground helped these three vessels, located at Penscola Shipyard in Pensacola, Florida, weather Hurricane Sally’s 105 mph winds.
Tieing vessels firmly to the ground helped these three vessels, located at Penscola Shipyard in Pensacola, Florida, weather Hurricane Sally’s 105 mph winds.
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NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 6, 2020 – Just three weeks ago, many boaters were caught unprepared when Hurricane Sally shifted eastward and came ashore near Gulf Shores, Alabama. Now with a fifth storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season again bearing down the Gulf Coast, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) can help boaters prepare for Hurricane Delta with no-cost tools, tips and downloadable information at BoatUS.com/Hurricane-Prep.

Said BoatUS Vice President Public Affairs Scott Croft, “With each passing storm, the odds that your boat may experience damage increase. Failing to prepare for Hurricane Delta is not a bet worth taking.” The hurricane preparation information comes from the GEICO | BoatUS Marine Insurance Catastrophe Team’s nearly 40 years of experience recovering vessels after hurricanes and studying the best storm preparation practices.

Hurricane planning materials include:

  • a Hurricane Preparation Guide from BoatUS Magazine with information on what to expect, where to keep a boat during a storm, and how to develop a hurricane plan.
  • a Boater's Guide to Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes with details on what you can do to protect your boat in a slip, dock, canal or dry-storage rack; on a lift or a mooring, or in a hurricane hole.
  • a Hurricane Preparation Worksheet to easily manage your boat’s hurricane prep efforts and share with your marina owner/manager.
  • hurricane-planning videos with simple, but critical, projects you can do yourself to prepare.

Boaters can monitor Delta’s storm track with the free BoatUS.com/App for iOS and Android devices. (After downloading, go to settings to enable “push notifications” for your region.)

For more, visit BoatUS.com/Hurricane-Prep.

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

Celebrating more than 50 years, BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with more than a half-million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We are The Boat Owners Auto Club and help ensure a roadside trailer breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins. When boats break down on the water, TowBoatUS brings them safely back to the launch ramp or dock, 24/7. BoatUS offers GEICO Marine Insurance policies that give boat owners affordable, specialized coverage and superior service they need. We help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.