Having just experienced Tropical Cyclone Debbie, with 24 hours of destructive winds of over 150 knots RMC’s Luxury Boat Broker, Andrew Hickman has some preparation tips should such a severe weather front hit us again.

Tying down the boat correctly and using the correct gear is essential to reduce the level of impact. Andrew has noted the below points to consider:

  • Do not use short, old or non-stretch ropes.
  • Ensure that you have all the required ropes and fenders to protect your boat.
  • Use rope to every available cleat and bollard – do not hesitate to tie the ropes across walkways.
  • Run ropes to the marina pillars and main jetty to keep as much load off the fingers as possible.
  • Position the boat as far away from the pontoon as you can.
  • Double or triple loop all ropes.
  • Secure your neighbour’s vessel if needed.
  • Keep your shock loads as low as possible to reduce the chance of the marina breakage.

To reduce the likelihood of damage from destructive winds, the below is recommended:

  • Remove all clears, shade cloths and canopy support.
  • Remove aerials and wipers.
  • Take off tender covers and remove any loose contents.
  • Tape all doors and hatches and other items not firmly attached.
  • Remove all power cords.
  • Remove all cushions.
  • Be heavy with diesel, fresh water and supplies.
  • Prepare the inside of your boat as you would for heavy weather.

After the severe weather, it is likely that there will be a shortage of power for several days to follow. Ensure that you are well prepared with chargers and tools to get you through the recovery phase.