In the Wake of Harvey, Floridians Need to Stay Prepared
Floridians watching the horror and devastation playing out in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and now Louisiana, know very well that “there but for the grace of God, go I.” The unprecedented flooding caused by Harvey is a harsh reminder that we are now in the most notorious period of Hurricane season – the months between August and October. Now is no time for Florida residents and boat owners to let their guard down.
With record breaking rainfall topping more than 48 inches in some areas, Hurricane Harvey has dealt a stretch of Texas a deadly blow reaching from Houston to parts east. “Our whole city is underwater,” Derrick Freeman, the mayor of Port Arthur, Texas, said on Wednesday. Even as the storm has moved on, turning its wrath to Louisiana, Texans continue to suffer in its wake, explosions rocked a chemical plant, and many hazards including snakes and other wildlife, still lurk beneath the floodwaters that have inundated region. Damage totals will no doubt be in the tens of millions of dollars.
Meanwhile, another storm may already be forming in the Gulf, and of greater concern perhaps for us in Florida, Hurricane Irma has formed quickly out over the warm waters of the Eastern Atlantic, and is already a Category 2 storm. While it remains too soon to speculate on a potential US landfall, it is expected to strengthen over the next few days, and bears close watching.
Atlantic Hurricane Season Reaches Statistical Peak
Of course, the first two months of the Atlantic Hurricane Season — which began on June 1st and runs through November 30th – can generate their share of tropical cyclones, some with significant impacts. But as Harvey has proven, the worst of the season is upon us right now.
If there is one reason to pay close attention during this time of the season, consider that 93% of Category 3 or higher hurricanes — those that cause the most destruction in any hurricane season – occur from August through October. All 10 of the costliest hurricanes on record in the US have occurred from August through October, including Matthew (October 2016), Sandy (October 2012), Irene (August 2011), Andrew (August 1992), Ike (September 2008), Katrina (August 2005) and of course Harvey, which made landfall on Friday, August 25th.
The Time for Yacht Owner’s Hurricane Preparedness Plan Is Now!
With the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season entering its most serious phase, it is way past time to review your Hurricane Preparedness Plan!
If your boat is docked in an area at high-risk for hurricanes such as Florida, most boat insurance companies will insist you have a hurricane plan in place. 26 North Yachts can help you to develop your hurricane preparedness plan along with our sister company, Florida Yacht Management (FYM).
Yachts that sign up for FYM’s On Demand Yachting solution will be docked in Marina Bay. Marina Bay is what local insurers refer to as a “hurricane hole,” meaning that its location is a safe distance inland, and less subject to the dangers of storm surge. If your yacht cannot be accommodated with dockage in Marina Bay, FYM provides captain services to move your vessel to other insurance company designated hurricane holes.
In addition to making sure your yacht is secure in a safe “hurricane hole,” we will provide your insurance company with all the details of your hurricane plan in writing, to prove that you have done everything humanly possible to protect your motor yacht.
26 North Yachts’ Hurricane Plan in Action
If your vessel is signed up with FYM, the following will occur in the event of a storm:
The hurricane plan swings into effect as soon as a Tropical Storm Warning is issued by NOAA. At that time all vessels currently docked in Marina Bay will be secured in Marina Bay, 4 miles inland, west of I-95 on the New River in Fort Lauderdale Florida.
2525 Marina Bay Drive West, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Vessels located in
alternate locations will receive the same preparations, as follows:
- All available fenders and docklines will be used to secure the
vessels to the docks/floating docks.
- All removable canvas, cushions, and loose deck equipment will be
removed and stored indoors.
- All hatches and seams will be blue taped.
Your vessel’s LOA determines Line Detail, as follows:
- Under 60’ = Doubled 1⁄2” Lines (Tenders Included)
- 60’ – 100’ = Doubled 3⁄4” Lines
- 100’+ = Doubled 1” Lines
- All Vessels will receive Nylon Braided Lines with locations as follows:
- 2 on Bow, 2 on Stern, 4 Spring Lines
For all yachts we will:
- Deploy anchors if deemed necessary.
- Photo documentation of preparations.
Hurricanes and tropical storms can be unpredictable. However, one thing you can be sure of is that you have a better chance of protecting your boat, if you work with experts who understand the value of being prepared.
For more information on how to personally prepare, and protect your home or business during hurricane season, visit FEMA.
You can see live coverage of any approaching storms or bad weather at stormpulse.com.
It’s not always easy to stay on top of what’s new in motor yachts. If you would like to benefit from our expertise in these areas, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Sales Specialists, or call us at 954-900-9988.