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Old 05-27-2012, 08:02 PM   #1
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Storm preparation plan

I strongly suggest that anyone who has a boat in an area subject to any type of storm prepare such a plan. This one could and was executed by my wife once when I was out of state and a storm was imminent. It is written so that anyone NOT familiar with my boat could do it.
It refers to a DIAGRAM and to actual pictures to make it simple.
I post it so that those interested in minimzing damage in a storm will have a template.
Good luck and as always YMMV

HomeBoating TipsStorm Preparation Plan
Storm Preparation Plan

Written by Charles Culotta

Use chafing gear on boat end of lines whenever possible. Pull the boat a foot or so further away from the dock, first removing the gang plank. When setting the lines have the same sag in the lines so that one does not tighten with no strain on its sister line (s).
Extra lines and chafing gear are located in the lazarette and in the boat storage closet on the dock. In the lazarette the lines are on the forward bulkhead. The chafing gear is just aft of the port rudder stock. This gear is short links of red hose and black hose. The split chafing gear is for the two anchor lines in the event the anchors are used. If C C Rider is at its home dock, the
lines to double and add are already attached to the pilings.

1. Double the bow lines onto each piling so that there are a total of four bow lines to the two bow cleats. #5 to #1 & #5 to #2.
2. Double the stern lines, #1 to #9 & #1 to #10.
3. Rig lines #2 to #3 & #3 to #7 on left side.
4. Rig lines #2 to #4 & #3 to #8 on right side.

Perform these numbered operations in order:
1. Canvas
Remove Privacy Curtain and stow it in the bridge console. (This takes time, as bolts and aluminum bars at the bottom must be removed. Leave in place if necessary)
Cockpit awning; Remove lacing and leave canvas loose as it can't be removed from the frame.
2. Dinghy: "Home Dock"
If boat is bow into the slip remove dinghy from the boat and store it on the ramp on the dock. Partially deflate it and cover it with the canvas. Use 2 of the 5/8" dock lines to secure the dinghy. The lines should be crisscrossed over the dinghy and tied to the dock. (see picture).
Make certain that the drain plug is removed.
Dinghy: "Away from Home"
If at all possible store the dinghy ashore and tie down.
If dinghy is to remain on the boat, lash it down as best you can.
3. Gin Pole
Fold it into its' crutch, it need not be lashed down.
4. Bimini
Loosen the 2 tie down straps and fold it forward.
Use the nylon braided lines that are located in the bridge console to wrap around the canvas of the bimini and cinch them tight.
Use one length of extra dock or other line and wrap the bimini with it so that the wind will not tear the canvas loose. Make certain each end of the canvas is tightly closed.
5. Antennas
VHF antenna (the long one on the port side) is released and leaned outboard and then rotated aft . It is then tied with a short piece of rope to the gin pole.
The shorter VHF antenna (on the port side) is laid forward. Tie or tape it to the broadcast band antenna on the port side of the pilothouse roof.
6. Mast
If the mast is folded simply tie a dock line to the rail on one side of the bridge and loop it around the mast immediately forward of the crutch and then tie to the opposite side rail. (see picture)
If the mast is standing, do the same as a. except position the rope on the rails slightly forward of the mast.
7. Cushions:
The cover for the cushions on the bridge may be stowed in the bridge console.
Remove the cushions and any other loose gear from the bridge and wipe off any dampness before stowing the gear in the pilothouse.
8. Bridge Dashboard:
Remove the depth sounder along with its cover, and the canvas cover over the instrument panel and compass. These may be stowed inside the console on the bridge.
Remove the Naugahide cover from the steering wheel.
9. Life Raft:
Remove the cover and put in the boat storage closet or inside the cabin.

1. Remove the canvas covers from the windshield.
2. Remove the sunscreens from the side windows.
3. Bring inside:
life rings
boat hooks (4)
barbeque pit
4. Make certain all ports, windows and doors are shut and locked tight.
5. Close the ventilator in the pilothouse.

1. Remove all loose gear from any counter top in the galley, including blender.
2. Remove all loose items from the sideboard in the salon.
3. Use lashings mounted on wall on chairs or lay them on cabin floor.

1. Make sure all loose gear is stowed

1. 110 volt circuit breaker panel inside the boat:
Everything off
2. Disconnect both shore power cords at the dock.The shore power cords and telephone cords may be left on the deck.
3. 12 volt panel:
All circuits OFF
4. 12 volt auxiliary panels
All circuits OFF.
5. Battery selector switch on 1
6. Propane
Turn OFF at the bottle.
7. Water
Disconnect the water hose from the dockside hose bib completely. Leave hose on deck.

In the event that the C C Rider is at a berth other than Patterson and the bow pilings are determined not be strong enough to
withstand the storm then the following procedure should be utilized:
Set the CQR and Danforth anchors at a 45 angle off of the bow. Use a boat to do this. Set at least 200' of rode. Place split hose chafing gear, from the lazarette, where the lines go over the bow roller. Winch both anchor lines tight.
Then use a short piece of line to tie the two anchor lines together JUST FORWARD OF THE ANCHOR ROLLER, then wrap this short line around the anchor lines and the anchor pulpit. This is to keep the anchor lines from being pulled off of the roller.

Subsequent to all of the foregoing being accomplished and checked, remove the gang plank and close the transom door.



Charles C Culotta, Jr
Patterson, La.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:07 AM   #2
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Good Idea

Thanks Charles,
Great Idea to write the procedures and go through it with the wife. Here on the North Coast of BC we get some hurricane force winds and huge tides. So I think its a good idea for us to be as prepared as we can for heavy weather. Sometimes I'll be away from home so now at least this way we'll be better equipped for the heavy weather.
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