Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hurricane IRMA - Preparation Paid Off in Florida

Hurricane IRMA - Preparation Paid Off in Florida

While we know you can only do so much to prevent damage to your boat if severe weather threatens, there are things we can do to reduce the risk factor.  Such as; have a check list prepared and ready before the weather is upon you AND execute your checklist far in advance. 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Do You Want Sturdy Outdoor Solar Lites? These Survived Hurricane IRMA

I truly am amazed...these Solar Lites survived the hurricane flood waters of IRMA.  As a native of Florida I've made preparations for many hurricanes.  While I thought I was overly cautious with IRMA and had removed anything that could be caught in the rising waters, it wasn't until the water receded that I realized these two had been left on the dock piling and the patio stone wall. They were both completely submerged for 2 days and they still work.  I highly recommend these for outdoor use.  Just take a look at the before and after photos.



After
Both Lite's are Submerged


Before
Side Mount Solar Lite on Lower Pilings
Surface Mount Motion Lite on Side of Patio




Surface Mount Motion Lite

Side Mount Solar Lite
To view full descriptions of both Lites visit www.bestdockaccessories.com



Assistance with HurricaneDamage Repair

As we all work through the clean-up and repairs from the damage left behind by Hurricane Harvey and Irma, BestDockAccessories would like to assist by offering our help in finding your replacement and/or repair items for your dock and boat/watercraft.  Our team will do what we can to find your items and ship them directly to your home at our lowest cost with no additional charges.  Our family and neighbors were impacted by IRMA and we know first hand how overwhelming the clean up and repair can be.

Please contact us directly at support@bestdockaccessories.com for products such as the following and we will get to work finding your specific products.

Dock Repair: mooring whips, mooring buoys, mooring arms, piling caps, dock bumpers/protection/wheels, cleats, ladders, steps, chafe guards, dock lights,  piling lights, stainless steel fasteners, dock boxes

Marine Hardware: rub rails, deck plates, cleats, fasteners, anchor rollers, grab handles, rail fittings, starboard, ropes, straps, tie-downs, antennas, weather instruments, navigation lights, fuses/fuse blocks

Marine Maintenance: livewell pumps, bilge pumps, blowers/heaters, washdown/pressure pumps, batteries, oil change systems, cleaning products, water flushing systems, transfer pumps, jump starters

Visit us at www.bestdockaccessories.com for our standard product supply listing.

Best regards from our team - We hope that you and your families are safe.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Hurricane Preparation for Your Boat

Each year we’re getting wiser from the experiences each of us encounter during Hurricane Season, but it doesn’t hurt to review a few tips for securing your boat.  There is a wealth of information available on the Internet, or from your insurance company, but the best preparation is to make a plan well ahead of time and be prepared.

Location: Choosing the most storm-worthy location for your boat is probably the number one consideration you need to make.   A boat in the water should only be secured in a well-protected marina.  A seawall or sandy spit that normally protects a harbor may not offer any protection in a hurricane.  Water can surge over the seawall and flood the harbor or basin.  A fixed dock will require you to keep a frequent eye on it to loosen and tighten the lines and the water surge changes.  If your location is on dry land you will need to be sure to have it secured well.  Breaking waves or water surges can rise over the banks and lift the boats off of their jack stands.  Many times these boats are left in the streets once the water recedes.  There may not be a perfect location, depending on your physical location, but you must think through your options ahead of time and have a plan if needed.

Flying Hazards:  Remove canvas, sails and loose items that could be lifted by the wind and become hazardous flying objects.  This includes any loose fitting item that might be ripped off by the high winds.

Docking:  Double up dock and fender lines and add chafe guards to keep your lines from fraying.  Remember that your fenders may be lifted by the wind and become useless, you’ll need to cross tie your boat to hold it away from the dock.  Tie your dock lines so they can be adjusted from the dock, and consider using snubbers.  If you are on a fixed dock, make sure your lines are long enough to allow for the rising water. 

Electrical Power:  Remember that power may go out or be disconnected.  Shut down everything you can to conserve battery power for your bilge pumps.  Make sure your batteries are fully charged and always have extra batteries charged and close by.

Photos:  Take photos of your boat after preparations are made, in case you need them for an insurance claim.

Stay Informed:  Keep a good check on weather updates and be sure you have a battery operated radio with extra batteries available.  Ensure that you have a plan in place to receive safety warnings and alerts.

Insurance Documents:  If you have filed a hurricane plan with your insurance company, locate it and follow it.  Some insurance companies will pay for half of the expense of hauling your boat as storm prep, but storing your boat on the hard isn’t a guarantee of safety.  Winds can cause it to rock in the jacks, throwing it off balance and causing it to fall.  Tie down straps or chains can mitigate this somewhat.  If your boat yard is not paved, make sure the jack stands are on plywood or another solid surface.

After The Storm:  Before you start your boat, if your boat is gasoline powered check your blower vent to make sure it isn’t filled with water and trapping gas fumes .  You’ll also need to check the security of your shore power connection.  If the engine and other machinery was submerged or had gotten wet, it should be flushed with fresh water and then filling with fuel.


As an avid boater and waterfront property owner, I take severe weather conditions serious.  I’ve seen first-hand the damage that not being prepared can bring.  I stay informed and enjoy providing articles such as this to my boating community.  Please visit my site for the latest in quality and affordable boating and docking supplies. Visit us and feel free to leave your comments and/or feedback at www.bestdockaccessories.com.