If your boat is staying in the water during hurricane season in the Caribbean, you obviously will want to take as many precautions as possible to protect it from gale force+ winds.
Here are the steps I took for my 40' catamaran Mystique in Oyster Pond, Sint Maarten: You can do the following yourself with the help of one or two willing family members or...
- Hire a reputable local boat servicer / boat watcher.
- I hired St. Martin Boat Services - Capt. Pascal Lefeuvre (recommended by The Moorings in Sint Maarten). email@example.com 1-721-690398771
Anchorage: Oyster Pond affords some above average protection from high waves and strong winds.
- Identify the 2-3 most common direction(s) where storm winds blow strongest.
- Locate a well-protected mooring as far away from other yachts as possible.
- 10-15 feet of secondary anchor chain (chain from your dinghy's anchor will suffice is it is long enough)
- 30 feet of spare line
- 2-4 shackles for securing lines to chain
- Possibly Duct tape
- Detach bow anchor from anchor chain.
- Store anchor below.
- Attach anchor chain to mooring ball.
- Attach bow bridal to secondary chain
- Attach secondary chain underwater at base of the mooring ball with shackle.
- Attach a third line with bolted shackle attached to mooring from starboard.
Mainsail & Boom:
- Remove lazy jacks.
- Remove and store mainsail below.
- Remove protective sail skirt for mainsail and store below.
- Attach main halyard to port or starboard deck ring.
- Loosen topping lift.
- Tightened mainsheet so boom is as close to block to block as possible on the traveler.
- Tightened topping lift.
- Reinforce boom position by tying down clew with V-shaped alignment.
- Remove and store roller jib.
- Attach jib halyard to remaining deck ring on the opposite of the main halyard's bow location.
- Remove or store all loose items.
- Cover any exposed electronics.
- Attach and tighten the two dinghy hoisting pulleys together on the davits.
- Double-check all hatch covers. Duct tape if necessary
- Double-check all cleated lines.
- Photograph all your preparations so you can share them with your insurance company.