With a tropical storm watch in effect, boat owners should start their preparations NOW. he National Hurricane Committee has issued the following recommendations:
· Take all trailers and small vessels out of the water.
· Remove boat plugs or add weight to smaller boats by filling the boat up to half-way with water. Filling it all the way could cause damage.
· Flatten the trailer tires.
· If radio equipment can be removed, take it out. Remove outboard motor and anything that could blow away.
· Store boats and trailers inside if possible.
· If boat must remain outdoors, lash both boat and trailer down with heavy rope or chains anchored to the ground and away from objects that could fall on them.
· Support the trailer axle and prevent the trailer from rolling by placing blocks against each wheel.
· If your boat must remain in the water, tie it together with other boats, at the bows and sterns, separate by protective bumpers.
· Do not tie boats parallel to the shore as waves often capsize or beach vessels in this position.
· Under no circumstances should you go out in storm conditions to check on your boat.
· While a small craft advisory is not yet in effect, residents are reminded that they should not venture out to sea as long as a tropical storm or hurricane watch or warning is in force.