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Preparing for Hurricanes or Severe Weather

The MPD Harbor Patrol offers the following tips for preparing for hurricanes or other severe weather:

  • Double the mooring lines on your vessel. Add additional fenders.
  • Take down all deck canvas such as Biminis, sea hoods, covers, flags and antennas. Remove all loose equipment on your vessel.
  • Sailboats should have their sails taken down and stored.
  • Live aboards should ensure that they have fuel in the event they must run on a generator. Make sure they have extra batteries for flashlights and cell phones.
  • As in any boating environment, if you are going to be on or around the water, wear your life jacket.

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