The earliest predictions for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which begins soon, on June 1st, are in, and for now, officials are predicting a “near average season,” which would make it less severe than 2016. According to an outlook just released by The Weather Company, an IBM company, 2017 should see, “a total of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes, which matches the 30-year average (1981-2010) for the Atlantic basin.”
The University of Colorado has predicted a similar season with 11 named storms. Other forecasts, such as the official NOAA forecast, are not in yet.
However, yacht owners should not let the predictions of a milder season than last year, lull them into any sense of security, remember, it only takes one! Yacht owners need to have a hurricane preparedness plan in place as hurricane season approaches, each and every year despite the seasonal outlook.
What Did We Learn From Hurricane Season 2016?
The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season came to a close on November 30th. In all, there were 15 named storms and seven hurricanes that formed in the Atlantic Basin in 2016, in what was considered an “above average season.”
But the big story of Hurricane Season 2016 was Matthew. Despite dire early predictions, the most populated areas of South Florida were spared a direct hit from Matthew, but still, it was a devastating storm, particularly for boaters. According to BoatUS, Matthew caused an estimated $110 million in damage to recreational boats, as the once Category 5 storm barreled through and off shore, of four coastal states.
While that sounds like a big number, it is actually quite small relative to the size and nature of Matthew. Maritime experts believe that was largely due to the storm keeping mostly off shore, and that boaters had a lot of time to prepare, and heeded the warnings.
The Time for Yacht Owner’s Hurricane Preparedness Plan Is Now!
In the wake of Hurricane Mathew, as BoatUS and other maritime experts pointed out, many boat owners were spared significant damage to their vessels because they were properly prepared. With the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season only a few short weeks away, it is way past time to review your Hurricane Preparedness Plan!
If you plan to keep your boat south of Georgia during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, most insurance companies will require a hurricane plan. Working with several of the local insurance companies, Florida Yacht Management (FYM) is uniquely suited to offer viable hurricane plans to our full time management clients. Situated four miles inland up the New River, Marina Bay is a designated “hurricane hole,” meaning that its location is less subject to the dangerous storm surge that impacts many vessels docked closer to the coast.
FYM provides captain services to move your vessel to designated hurricane holes to satisfy most insurance requirements. In addition, we will work with your insurance company to provide details and documentation to show that you have done everything in your power to protect your asset during the storm.
How Yacht Management Can Help
There are many advantages to having your motor yacht signed up with a professional yacht management company such as Florida Yacht Management (FYM). In addition to handling all the details of managing the operations of your boat, FYM will make every effort to ensure its safety during hurricane season. FYM has a detailed preparedness plan in place for all yachts in our charge.
When a Tropical Storm Warning is announced by NOAA, we begin preparations
for the storm.
All vessels currently docked in Marina Bay will be secured in Marina Bay, 4
miles inland, west of I-95 on the New River, 2525 Marina Bay Drive West, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Vessels located in alternate locations will receive the same preparations, as follows:
- All available fender 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.
Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand Yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968