AN APPROACH TO MINIMIZE STORM DAMAGE TO SAILBOATS
GENE J. PAROLA
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Hurricanes rise every year. So does the cost of Boat Insurance. Learn how to prepare your boat for the inevitable storm.
Preparedness is more insurance than you can afford to buy.
I sailed and docked my thirty foot sloop all along the South Atlantic Coast and the Chesapeake Bay for more than thirty-five years and dreaded hurricane season every one of them.
There is a litney of excuses that run from, "A hurricane hasn't hit here in a quarter century!" to "I used to spend all that money and time to prepare and at the last minute it turned out to sea."
Then there is the boat owner who after some soul searching and stimulation by horror stories wants to prepare but hasn't the slightest idea
of how to go about it.
My approach is to prepare for it before you are at peril--remember the 'rule of thumb' to always reef when you first consider the need to?
Well, it works here too. We know storms are an annual occurance.
Sometimes they will come near enough to damage your craft, sometimes they won't. But the reality of storm behavior is that you never really know what will happen.
With the cost of boat maintenance what it is, few of us can really afford costly repairs--and hurricane damage is always extensive and hence expensive. If you are new to the game or have a short memory, do a little research and find the newspaper photos of the chaos from the last few storms that came ashore.
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