Attention all Spring Cove Boaters!
The Eastern United States is in the heart of Hurricane Season, and it is a good time to start thinking about your Hurricane Preparedness plan and what to do with your boat should a tropical system affect the Chesapeake Bay.
I’m sure many of your are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma, which is still over 2000 miles from Solomons. There are many forecast models to use to help us predict what might happen. It’s still too early to make any concrete determination as to Irma’s direction, but we should still be thinking about preparing as the days go by and she gets closer to the East Coast.
It’s important to remember, your boat is your responsibility. The Marina staff is, of course here to help in any way we can, but it is ultimately up to you to prep your boat for a severe storm.
The BoatU.S. website offers a great guide to Hurricane Prep, and has excellent content to help you make decisions and understand what you can do to best protect your boat. You can find that information here:
If you determine that you would like to have your boat hauled for a tropical storm, please call the boat yard as soon as possible. We do not keep a Hurricane Haul Out List and will only haul boats on a first-come-first-serve basis. Our Annual Slipholders always get priority over other boaters in the area. We are not always able to offer towing to the Lift Well for haul-outs, so please coordinate with the Boat Yard. We also don’t offer scheduling – please don’t call on Tuesday and ask to be hauled on Friday. Call us with a decision to haul and we will haul your boat as soon as possible.
*Please note that in order to haul a sail boat for a hurricane, all exposed or roller furled sails MUST be removed from the deck.
If you decide to stay in your slip for the storm event, we recommend that you remove all canvas and isinglass, and double your dock lines wherever possible. If you have questions about properly tying up your boat for a hurricane, please find Will or Trevor while you are here prepping your boat and we will do what we can to help.
We also offer a brief summary of recommendations for Hurricane Prep on our website – check it out.