Now that summer is here, we hope that you take advantage of what the Marina has to offer. Boat slips are available for 30’ 40’ and 50’ yachts. Should you be interested in keeping your boat in the water please contact Norma Roberts at the Beau Chene Marina Office. (985) 845-3454.
Whether your boat is docked, anchored, or in dry storage, remember to have a storm strategy ready to implement well before a hurricane hits.
- Designate a friend to prepare your boat if you are out of town
- Remove important documents and valuables
- Remove non-secure items and excess gear
- Check openings to make sure they’re watertight; shut off your fuel tanks; close all thru-hull fittings
- Check that batteries are fully charged so you can run your bilge pumps during the storm
If your boat is docked, remember to double-up on chafe protection.
Also, double all lines, attaching them high on pilings to allow for a storm surge. The longer the dock lines, the better a boat will move with high and rough tides.
If your boat is anchored, do not tie it down parallel to the shore.
Leave plenty of room between your boat and others and be sure to use enough line to allow for a storm surge. Consider several anchors and clear self-bailing cockpit drains.
If your boat is in dry storage, store it in an area higher than the expected storm surge.
Lash it to its cradle with heavy lines and consider adding water to the bilge to help hold it down. Never leave your boat on davits or on a hydro-lift. If your boat is stored on a trailer, take some air out of the tires and secure the wheels with blocks between the frame and the axles.
Of course, the most important thing to remember is to protect yourself first. Never put yourself in danger while trying to protect your boat. Boats can be replaced, but lives cannot!