As mentioned earlier, floating docks with tall and sturdy pilings are a great way to protect your boat against damage. This dock-type allows the boats to rise and fall with each surge, with the pilings accompanying this action. For reference, the surge typically causes more damage than the wind. If you opt for a floating dock, it is important to look for one with taller pilings. Shorter pilings are not able to handle large surges, which can cause your boat to be carried away.
On the contrary, there are fixed docks. We’re just going to come out and say, fixed docks are not a great option for hurricane-prone areas. Your watercraft will be much more secure in a floating dock or hauled out of the water. Fixed docks subject your vessel to both vertical and lateral damage. They are often made up of wood, which is not equipped to handle the stresses of extreme weather conditions.
If you must leave your boat at a fixed dock during a storm, add longer lines to several pilings throughout the marina. For everyday use, you probably have nylon lines securing the boat. This will not work because they are not able stretch enough. By securing longer lines, it is more likely that your boat will move with the rising and falling of the water.
STORING THE WATERCRAFT ASHORE
There is always the option to haul the watercraft out of the water. If stored on jack stands, be sure to also strap the boat to the ground. Jack stands alone are not sturdy enough to handle the effects of a hurricane. It is likely that your craft will fall over post-hurricane. The straps will hold the boat more securely in the stands, preventing movement. If the craft were to fall, sometimes the straps will help the boat from completely toppling over. Your insurance may also provide coverage for hauling your boat out and relaunching it after the storm has passed.