The horror and devastation of Hurricane Harvey that was played out in Texas, and still ongoing in Louisiana, should serve as a stark reminder to Florida residents and boat owners, that the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season is far from over. In fact, the months between August and October are generally the peak of the season. Are you and your yacht properly prepared?
With record breaking rainfall topping more than 48 inches in some areas, Hurricane Harvey has dealt a stretch of Texas a deadly blow reaching from Houston to parts east. “Our whole city is underwater,” Derrick Freeman, the mayor of Port Arthur, Texas, said on Wednesday. Even as the storm has moved on, turning its wrath to Louisiana, Texans continue to suffer in its wake, explosions rocked a chemical plant, and many hazards including snakes and other wildlife, still lurk beneath the floodwaters that have inundated region. Damage totals will no doubt be in the tens of millions of dollars.
Meanwhile, another storm may already be forming in the Gulf, and of greater concern perhaps for us in Florida, Hurricane Irma has formed quickly out over the warm waters of the Eastern Atlantic, and is already a Category 2 storm. While it remains too soon to speculate on a potential US landfall, it is expected to strengthen over the next few days, and bears close watching.
Atlantic Hurricane Season Hits Statistical Peak
There is no question that the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season — which began on June 1st and runs through November 30th – can generate its share of tropical cyclones, some with significant impacts. But as Harvey has proven, the worst part of the season is upon us right now.
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), Katrina (August 2005) and of course Harvey, which made landfall on Friday, August 25th.
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