Hurricane preparation articles — based on our experiences — were among the first that I wrote for cruisers. Following our experiences in Hurricane Marty in 2003, I wrote about hurricane preparation (in a hurricane hole, not at sea), what anchoring systems had worked, and helping boats afterwards.
As you might guess, all the usual warnings apply and you must take responsibility for your own actions and decisions. I will not be responsible. These articles are presented just to give you information, not to tell you what to do in any particular situation. If your boat is in hurricane waters, I strongly urge you to read up on hurricane preparation and come up with a hurricane plan long before a hurricane is bearing down on you.
NOTE: Some of my articles are outdated — hurricane tracking software that’s no longer available and an anchoring study that does not include any new generation anchor — and I deliberately did not include those here.
Hurricane Preparation in Detail
- Hurricane Prep — in 2016 and 2017, I added a number of detailed articles and created an editable checklist.
Hurricane Preparation at Anchor
- Hurricane Warning — Riding Out a Big Blow at Anchor — this is my most comprehensive article and provides dozens of tips for things to do long before hurricane season as well as in preparing for one. If you only read one of my hurricane preparation articles, this is the one I recommend.
- Preparing the Galley for a Storm — Rule Number 1: Prepare above decks first! But here are a few tips so that you won’t bury all the food under the sails or have knives fly out of drawers.
Ground Tackle for a Hurricane
- Staying Put: Ground Tackle for a Hurricane summarizes the experiences of the boats in Puerto Escondido, near Loreto, Mexico in the Sea of Cortez during Hurricane Marty in 2003. NOTE: While much of this info is still good, no one there had a new generation anchor and therefore does not include any of them.
- Staying Put (Supplemental Information) contains unpublished supplemental info with more details on individual boats and their experiences.
- Re-Floating Winsome tells the story of how a determined group of cruisers refloated a boat that was driven way up on a beach during Hurricane Marty. In addition to the narrative, it contains a detailed analysis of what we did right and what could certainly have been improved upon.
From Other Sites
- Removing a Roller Furling Jib — also on CommuterCruiser.com
- How to Tie Into Mangroves — from It’s a Necessity
- Recap of Hurricane Prep for Boats in a Marina — One final checklist to make sure you’re as ready as possible, from CommuterCruiser.com.
- BoatUS: Preparing Boats & Marinas for Hurricanes (PDF) — How to create a hurricane plan for your boat, things to think about ahead of time so you’re ready.
- After the Hurricane — another great list from CommuterCruiser.com with 10 tips for checking your boat after the hurricane passes
- Lines, Snubbers, and Other Gear for Battening Down Ahead of Storms — from Practical Sailor, bringing together a great deal of their testing in one comprehensive article.
Learn the best practices to give your boat a fighting chance against a hurricane with Comprehensive Hurricane Preparation for Boaters: