Safeguarding your Boat
- Heed and respect National Weather
Service warnings. Complete the trip to safe mooring before
the storm tide arrives.
- Trailer boats should be removed from
the water and stored securely.
- Out-of-area boat owners should inquire
about and plan for a desirable and convenient location for
safe mooring. Obtain information from marina operators or
follow local boats to safe anchorage area.
- Safe mooring rigging should consist
of new or good condition ropes of sufficient size, with extra
length and at least three or four substantial anchor points
for each craft.
- If possible, boats should moor in
groups with bow lines individually tied high to tree or piling
on mainland with loose rope for rising tide, and sterns well
anchored to hooks. Boats in the group should also be tied
together at bows and sterns using protective fenders.
- Do not moor parallel to bank; receding
tides often breach or capsize boats in this type anchorage.
Be sure that a navigable passage at stern of secured boats
is made available for late-arriving boats seeking safe anchorage
beyond the first boats anchored.
- Boats should be tied high, using a
secure knot. Rope lengths should be sufficient to take care
of excessive high water.