Hurricane season forecasted to be “extreme”

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – With the release of several early seasonal hurricane forecasts for this year, the boating community could face a much different scenario than last year’s relatively mild storm season, BoatU.S. reported in a recent statement.

Accuweather, a nationwide weather service, recently reported it expects 2010 to be an “extreme season” with as many as 18 named storms, a 100-percent increase over 2009, according to BoatU.S.

The national boat owners group has some free online “tools” available at the BoatU.S. “Hurricane Resource Center” at, including a downloadable hurricane preparation worksheet, a Guide to Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes, and checklists for what to do before and after a hurricane strikes. Sample hurricane plans for boat and yacht clubs as well as up-to-the-minute storm tracking tools with live satellite images are also available.

The free 24-page What Works, A Guide to Preparing Marinas, Yacht Clubs, and Boats for Hurricanes shares success stories as well as failures of dozens of marinas and clubs that have experienced a hurricane over last two decades. The guide covers floating docks with tall pilings, strapping down boats ashore, developing hurricane clubs for customers, dealing with boats at fixed docks, moving boats to hurricane holes, and how to install better moorings.

A special legal section, “Protecting Yourself from the Storm,” offers information to marina owners or yacht club leadership on how to protect themselves from vessel owners seeking compensation for hurricane-related damage.

Also included is a sample Marina Hurricane Preparation Plan that can be customized for any boating facility, as well as a Hurricane Preparation Worksheet that can be copied and given to boat owners.

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