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 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).
Preparedness Is Key!
With the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season entering its most serious phase, 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