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June 20, 2007

Free hurricane preparation guide for boats now avaliable online

Free hurricane preparation guide for boats now avaliable online

Recreational boaters and marinas in hurricane country don't have to go it alone when making vessel storm preparations. Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes, a 12-page downloadable free guide, produced by BoatU.S., is based on over 40 years of experience in preparing boats for the severe wind, waves, rain and storm surge. Included is a valuable storm preparation checklist that can help boaters methodically and carefully take the right precautions.

The guide presents up-to-date information based on the first-hand experiences of boaters and marinas during the recent hurricane-intensive years. It is packed with information on the causes, types and prevention of hurricane damage to recreational boats. Also included are some insights and pointers on preparing boats for storms while they are kept at docks, on boat lifts, in canals, on moorings, in high-rise storage boatels and on trailers. Additional information on how to reduce "chafe," which causes lines that secure a boat to piers or pilings to snap, is provided.

Any boater can download the guide at the BoatU.S. Hurricane Resource and Tracking Center at or pick up a hardcopy at your local West Marine store.