For Area Boaters
This guide was prepared by the Ocean City Power
Squadron and the local Marine Activities Advisory Committee and is meant as
an aid to assist you with simple and logical steps which can be taken to
prevent or minimize damage to you boat during a hurricane. (Copies of the
Hurricane/Storm Preparedness instructions are available at the Ocean Pines
Have a written storm preparation plan.
Know your marina’s storm policy and responsibility.
Make a storm kit consisting of tape, extra lines, chafing gear, lashing
line, storm anchors and chains. (Storm lines
should be of a larger diameter than dock lines.)
If you will be out of the area, designate another person to prepare your
Should you require a marina to pull and haul your boat do not wait,
they may be to busy to assist you.
Monitor National Weather Service marine broadcasts.
Complete all preparations at least 48 hours before the predicted arrival
of the hurricane/storm.
Secure all hatches and doors; remove antennas and outriggers; tape windows
from the inside.
Shut off fuel line, at tank if possible, and close through hull fittings.
Remove all electronics and valuables.
Remove all articles on deck including bimini tops, plastic side
enclosures, sails and dinghies.
BOATS AT THE DOCK
Check battery for charge and make sure the bilge pump(s) are working.
If possible, un-step mast and store on land.
Double up lines including spring lines. Use several cleats to distribute
load on boat. Allow as much line as possible for tide and storm surges.
Attach several feet of chafing gear on either side of lines where they
Disconnect shore power, water, TV and phone cables.
Get neighboring boat owners into the plan. Their boats could break loose
and damage you vessel.
BOATS STORED ON LIFTS
Fasten boat securely to lift.
If an outboard, remove drain plug.
If an inboard, plug engine exhaust outlet.
(Local area boat ramps: White Horse Park, Mumford’s Landing, Gum Point
County Ramp, West Ocean City)
Remove boat from water and secure both boat and trailer on high land
sheltered from wind.
Trailer should be firmly anchored and the boat securely fastened to the
If an outboard, remove battery and fill bilge with water to make boat
Locate a sheltered lagoon or small creek and moor with large anchors and
lines. (Do not block canals or water ways)
STORM INFORMATION (www.nws.noaa.gov)
Winds Storm Surge Potential
Flooding Storm Warnings
I 74-95 mph 4-5 ft. ¼ of Ocean
Pines Hurricane Alert = up to 72 hrs.
II 96-110 mph 6-8
ft. ½ of Ocean Pines
mph 9-12 ft.
All of Hurricane Watch = up to 36 hrs.
IV 131-155 mph 13-18 ft. Ocean Pines
V 156 + mph 19 + ft
Hurricane Warning = up to 24 hrs.