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BoatUS Alert: Boaters Need to Prepare for Dorian

BoatUS has app to track storm; offers online guides for protecting boats

Removing windage such as canvas, bimini tops and sails is one of the first steps to preparing your boat for a hurricane.
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SPRINGFIELD, Va., August 28, 2019 – Forecasters say Tropical Storm Dorian is spending more time over the warm waters of the Atlantic gathering strength and could strike the southeastern U.S. coast as a full-blown category 2 hurricane (96–110 mph wind speed) early next week. Now with the National Weather Service advising residents of Florida's east coast to have a hurricane plan in place, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has issued hurricane-preparation alerts to its members and is offering free hurricane planning help for all of the region’s boat owners at This no-cost assistance includes:

1. the new BoatUS Magazine Hurricane Preparation Guide with information on what to expect, where to keep a boat, how to find and fix potential breaking points, develop a hurricane plan, and more.

2. Boater's Guide to Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes for details on what you can do to protect your boat in a slip, dock, canal, on a lift, in a dry-storage rack, mooring, anchor or hurricane hole.

3. Hurricane Preparation Worksheet to easily manage your boat’s hurricane prep efforts and to give a copy to your marina owner/manager.

4. A sampling of hurricane plans for marinas or yacht clubs that can be adapted for your facility.

Boat owners can also start by tracking the storm with the free (After downloading, go to settings to enable “push notifications” for your region.)

BoatUS, the national advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boat owners, also says it’s wise for boaters to take photos of their hurricane prep efforts, as they may help if a dispute later arises during salvage and recovery efforts.

BoatUS and its Marine Insurance Catastrophe (CAT) Team has been a leader in recreational boat hurricane preparedness with more than 30 years of post-hurricane boat salvage experience. For more, go to


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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. The BoatUS Marine Insurance Program offers 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