Well here in the Hampton Roads (Virginia) area we are doing hurricane preps for 100 mph gusts, Stardancer is ready with:
1. Boom off and stowed below (reduce windage and rolling)
2. Water tanks filled (ballast - emergency water)
3. Old halyards/temp messengers on (don't chafe the good stuff)
4. Engine covers taped up (wind driven rain in the boat)
5. Sea cocks closed (flooding)
6. Beer water removed from fridge (for home food in case we have to live on boat
7. 10 gals of diesel in tank (in case we have to live on boat)
8. Engine split out so refrig does not draw down engine battery
9. Lines doubled and tripled with chafe guards
10. Extra fenders, including with between me and my slip mate
Nationwide has a 50% reimbursement if you pull your boat ahead of a named storm, and if you do that - your deductible remains the same, otherwise you are 5% of your total policy if you are in the water. I don't have time to take mast off, and our floating docks can handle a 10ft storm surge and are of the same design that survived Andrew...though next year I might take them up.
What do you do to prep for storms?
After 10 years of racing we had some splinters on Southern Cross's deck. Not our fault, but we do need the two port/aft teak toe rails though. Bene quotes 8 - 10 week delivery and I was hoping one of the dealers may have them in stock.
That's much too long to have our baby sitting there with a boo-boo!