Hurricane Preparedness

The following are Chesapeake Boat Basin’s policies and procedures that should be followed once the National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning for our area:

We strongly recommend and request the following actions be taken:

FOR ALL BOAT OWNERS INCLUDING BOATS AT THE MARINA FOR SERVICE:

*Please be advised that it is your responsibility to secure your vessel during severe weather.

Don’t rely on marina personnel to secure your boat, as we will be very busy preparing the marina facility.

*All boat owners should take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their vessel. See below for specific instructions relating to slip holders.

*Please remember that you are solely responsible for any damage to the docks and/or other vessels as well as your own.

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ANY BOAT THAT IS HAULED BY THE MARINA WILL BE CHARGED AN EMERGENCY HAUL OUT FEE AND STORAGE FEE. IT IS AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE MARINA AS TO WHICH VESSELS ARE HAULED.

Haul out order: Boats which have been deemed necessary for haul out, and are capable of being hauled out by the marina facility, will be hauled out in the following order AS TIME AND CONDITIONS ALLOW: (1) ALL BOATS IN THE BOATHOUSE, (2) boats in open slips, (3) boats purchased new from Chesapeake Boat Basin (2000 or newer) which have been brought to the marina for haul out (4) any other boat that is not normally docked at the marina that is on the Hurricane Haul Out List (for haul out order (4), please note that priority will be given to those on the list that have purchased new Suzuki motors from Chesapeake Boat Basin).

Chesapeake Boat Basin is NOT RESPONSIBLE for any damage to vessels or the loss of personal property.

*All boats hauled out by the owner must be taken away from the marina facility. The marina will be using the boat storage lot for emergency hauling of larger vessels and those vessels that must be hauled and do not have a trailer.

*Make sure that your contact information is up to date with the marina office.

*Photograph your boat for insurance purposes.

Within twelve hours of a hurricane strike, all water and power will be disconnected until after the storm has passed and the electric will not be turned on until it is determined to be safe to do so.

**THE BOAT RAMP IS THE PROPERTY OF CHESAPEAKE BOAT BASIN AND WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC DURING SEVERE WEATHER WHEN NOT IN USE BY MARINA FOR EMERGENCY HAUL OUT. PLEASE BE PATIENT AND DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!!**

FOR SLIP HOLDERS WITH A VESSEL IN THE BOATHOUSE:

*As part of the marina preparation of the facility, all boats in the boathouse must be hauled out or moved to an open slip. Since availability is limited (check with marina personnel), you may want to make arrangements in advance with another facility if your vessel cannot be hauled.

*Keys to all boats kept in the boathouse must be readily available to marina personnel prior to the threat of severe weather. Please contact the marina office in advance and advise of the location of keys.

*Ensure that your boat has enough fuel to be hauled and that the batteries are fully charged.

*If you have your own trailer, use it to haul your own boat and remove from marina facility. Remember, there is no space available in the boat storage lot during a severe weather threat.

*All items on the dock must be taken home or stowed below decks including dinghies, personal dock carts, bikes, ladder’s, steps, chairs, rugs/carpet and plants, etc¿.

*Water hoses, power cords, and TV cables should be disconnected from pedestals and stowed below decks.

*Dock boxes can remain on piers if they are secured to the dock and locked. Inspect fasteners to ensure they are in good condition. Loose dock boxes should be taken home or stowed on your boat.

Within twelve hours of a hurricane strike, all water and power will be disconnected until after the storm has passed and the electric will not be turned on until it is determined to be safe to do so.

FOR ALL OTHER SLIP HOLDERS:

*If you have your own trailer, use it to haul your own boat and remove from marina facility. Remember, there is no space available in the boat storage lot during a severe weather threat.

*If you wish to have your boat hauled and you do not have your own trailer, please contact the marina prior to a severe weather threat to be placed on the Hurricane Haul Out List. There is no guarantee that your vessel will be hauled, but every effort will be made to accommodate your request.

*React immediately to secure your vessel. Don’t wait until the last minute.

*All dock lines should be a minimum of ½ nylon of good quality, good condition and preferably protected with chafing gear. Spring lines should be added as well as doubling up all lines. Always leave the bitter end of the line on the dock cleat so adjustments can be made from the pier if necessary.

*Dinghies should be removed from the docks or boats and taken home.

*All items on the dock must be taken home or stowed below decks. Such as: personal dock carts, bikes, ladder’s, steps, chairs, rugs/carpet and plants, etc¿.

*All canvas, sails and other loose gear should be removed and stowed.

*Sail boaters should consider removing their booms.

*Water hoses, power cords, and TV cables should be disconnected from pedestals and stowed below decks.

*Dock boxes can remain on piers if they are secured to the dock and locked. Inspect fasteners to ensure they are in good condition. Loose dock boxes should be taken home or stowed on your boat.

*Fill your fuel tanks, water tanks and fully charge your batteries.

Within twelve hours of a hurricane strike, all water and power will be disconnected until after the storm has passed and the electric will not be turned on until it is determined to be safe to do so.

SAFETY IS OUR PRIMARY CONCERN.

NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO STAY ABOARD A VESSEL TO RIDE OUT THE STORM!!