It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s a SUPERYACHT!
Maybe superyachts are not exactly “superheroes” but the superyacht industry has swooped in, and “come to the rescue,” of the recent victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
As mariners, certainly the superyacht industry was affected in many ways as Hurricanes Irma, Maria and Jose, tore through the islands of the Caribbean. However, that did not stop the yachting industry from stepping up, and helping the impacted islands and communities in every way that they could. For example, according to local Antiqua news sources, the superyacht Grey Matters, arrived on the island, last week, bringing with it food items and other relief supplies. After a stop in Antigua, she then headed off to Dominica, along with another superyacht, Va Bene, also laden with food, water, and other necessary items.
It is all part of the efforts of YachtAid Global (YAG). YAG is dedicated to using members of the global yachting community to coordinate the acquisition and delivery of humanitarian aid to coastal communities impacted by natural disasters all year round. YAG has been instrumental in using volunteer yacht and superyacht owners to get much needed supplies and otherwise aid in the relief efforts to those coastal communities most impacted by the recent spate of devastating tropical cyclones.
According to their mission statement, “YAG provides agenda-free aid and leverages vetted strategic partners and proven processes to ensure timely, needs-verified, ethical and responsible delivery of aid.” Their model enables and accelerates larger quantities of donations and timely global distribution at no cost to recipient communities. Through a proven system of collaborative networking, they work with vessel owners, crew and industry professionals, to assess needs on the ground, acquire goods, and then transport and distribute them where needed. Right now they are mobilizing yachts worldwide who are on their way to the Caribbean, or plan to be in the coming weeks. In addition to assisting with the logistics planning of the whole effort, they are also putting out calls for aid, and are still interested in hearing from any yachts who either need help in planning logistics or are up for getting involved. Any yacht owners interested in getting involved should contact YAG via their website.
Keep Your Hurricane Plans in Place!
At 26 North yachts we applaud and support the efforts of organizations like YAG.
We also wish to remind yacht owners, that even though we are thankfully coming down to the end of what has been an extraordinarily harsh Hurricane Season, this is no time to let your guard down. Late October, and even November storms, are not uncommon. Remember, Hurricane Sandy, the second most costly hurricane in US history, made official landfall on October 22nd, and did not completely dissipate until November 2nd, 2012!
We urge all yacht owners to keep their Hurricane Preparedness Plan in place until the very last day of the season, which is November 30th.
Being Prepared All Season Long
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.
Marina Bay is a Designated “Hurricane Hole”
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.
[Main Image – Courtesy YachtAid Global – http://yachtaidglobal.org/yag-photos]