BoatUS encourages hurricane awareness

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — BoatUS is encouraging boat owners to be prepared for hurricane season by contacting their dealers and putting a plan in place.

To help boaters make preparations, BoatUS has some free online tools available at the BoatUS Hurricane Resource Center at Models predict a 48 percent chance that a major hurricane will make landfall on the U.S. East Coast, including the Florida Peninsula, and a 47 percent chance that a major hurricane will make landfall on the Gulf Coast from Florida Panhandle west to Brownsville, Texas, according to the group.

“If your hurricane plan is to have your boat hauled and maybe strapped down, talk to your marina staff now about their plans,” Bob Adriance, BoatUS Director of Damage Avoidance, said in a release. “It’s the one simple, easy step that could lead to a big outcome – whether or not you still have a boat when the season ends on November 30. I don’t want to tell people the ‘sky is falling,’ but the longer you wait to have that discussion the worse shape you could be in.”

Doug Hillman of Sebastian River Marina and Boatyard in Sebastian, Fla., which was recently battered by hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, told BoatUS: “I need my customers to start contacting me now, because I may be too busy to help them later.”

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