We are only experiencing the opening salvos of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season, and we are off to a bang!
Just days ago, on June 19th, Tropical Storm Bret formed near the Windward Islands, an extremely unusual location so early in the year. Bret was soon followed by Tropical Storm Cindy. Fortunately, Bret fizzled out and disbanded over the Caribbean, posing no threat, however, Cindy continues to strengthen in the Gulf, where at least 17 million people are now under a tropical storm warning from San Luis Pass, Texas, to the Alabama-Florida border.
As of 8 a.m. ET this morning, Cindy was 200 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, with maximum sustained winds nearing 60 mph. It was moving toward the northwest at 8 mph.
The center of the storm is projected to make landfall sometime Thursday morning. According to the National Hurricane Center, between today and through Thursday morning, the storm could bring up to 12 inches of rain to some areas between Texas and Louisiana.
For state officials in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, their greatest concern is flooding. Ahead of the storm, Alabama’s Gov. Key Ivey declared a state of emergency to “guarantee state resources are on standby and are ready to assist impacted communities if necessary.”
Our thoughts and prayers for safety are with our friends and neighbors in the Gulf. With such an unusually active start for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, we urge all boat owners in South Florida and other coastal areas to make sure they have a Hurricane Preparedness Plan in place.
Preparedness Is Key!
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