The most notorious period of Hurricane season – the months between August and October – is upon us, is your yacht ready?
The very rapid development of Tropical Storm Emily, should leave no doubt among Florida residents, and all of those along the East Coast, that the Atlantic Hurricane season is in full-swing.
Tropical Storm Emily swept through Florida after making a whirlwind landfall on July 31, 2017, featuring heavy rain and some local wind damage. Emily rapidly developed from an “area of interest,” to a tropical depression, and then to a Tropical Storm, her fast evolution taking many by surprise. On the morning of July 31, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center determined that a previous ripple of low pressure had enough persistent showers and thunderstorms with strong enough winds to name it Tropical Depression Six.
Just two hours later, radar data indicated winds had ticked upward enough to bump the system up to the season’s fifth named storm, Tropical Storm Emily, with estimated maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. To recap, the system went from Invest 98L to Tropical Depression Six to Tropical Storm Emily to a landfall, all in the span of roughly five hours on July 31.
Fortunately, Emily passed across the state fairly quickly, and other than a few reports of damage, Emily primarily produced soaking rain in parts of central and southern Florida. However, her rapid onset, should remind us that Hurricane Season is only just entering its “statistical peak.” The time to really be on guard is now!
Atlantic Hurricane Season Statistical Peak
Of course, the first two months of the Atlantic Hurricane Season — which begins on June 1st and runs through November 30th – can generate their share of tropical cyclones, some with significant impacts. This year we’ve already had five tropical storms, including two that have directly affected the US — first Cindy, and now Emily — but the peak of Hurricane Season is the period we are entering now, between August and October.
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) and, of course, Katrina (August 2005).
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.