Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] In Water Hurricane Lay Up

Ann-Sofie Svanberg <kanalmamman@...>

I think that you have to take in rgard what your insurance company has to tell about beeing in the hurricane zone. Our swedish insurance company has very strikt rules. I don't have them infront of me right now, but there is a geografical limitation, beeing within that during the specified hurricane season, on the hard you have to be in a cradel and tighed to ground. All loos things has to be removed from the boat. If in the water there was a number of things to be fullfilled. But it was quite OK to be out on the sea.

S/Y Lady Annila, SM 232, 1998. 

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23 apr. 2016 kl. 02:32 skrev Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>:


There's a good yard and lift at Marina Del Rey in Fajardo, PR.  I haven't hauled out for long term or hurricane season, but it's a well run yard.
Biggest issue with leaving her I the water during hurricane season is surge.  I'd want to be in a slip by myself with floating dock and 12-15 ft of piling above high tide.  I've been at Brunswick, GA and Fernandina BeachFL for three seasons.  They haven't had a Class3 hurricane since the 1860s as it's the farthest West Point on the US east coast.


On Apr 22, 2016, at 7:09 PM, Richard03801 richard03801@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


Hi Gray you might want to have a look at Jolly Harbor in Antiqua   It's fully enclosed and they have a lift there too and can put you on the hard for Aug and Sept. 

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On Apr 22, 2016, at 17:17, amelliahona <no_reply@...> wrote:


Hi all:

For 13 hurricane seasons I have always hauled my boat and put her on the hard during hurricane season except for one time when I left her in a canal in Ft. Lauderdale Florida (supposedly out of the hurricane box) where I had three hurricanes come within one hundred miles of her.  After that Floridian experience I quickly returned to the Caribbean where I felt safer from hurricanes (inside the hurricane box).  I have not thought of doing an "in-water-layup" until it was mentioned to me by my insurance broker that the  cost was the same for insurance.  Certainly a lot less hassle than hauling out and I am wondering if it would also potentially be safer than on the hard, [I saw pictures of the boats in Spice Island boatyard after Grenada's hurricane Ivan where the boats were toppled because the jack stands were pushed through the hulls of the boats].

My question is: What are other member's thoughts about laying up ashore vs laying up in the water for hurricane season.  Any caveats?  I put Liahona in a cradle on concrete for a number of years but cradle prices are now exorbitant and It always takes me three days on each end of the season to prepare for haul and relaunch.  

Granted haul out allows servicing of various items out of the water (I have never done the service on the bow thruster in the water so that might be a new experience) etc.  I am wondering if there are other issues such as bottom paint longevity, galvanic or stray current corrosion (although I never leave the boat plugged in while in the water except when I am aboard and when the caretaker plugs it in for 6 hours every other week to top up batteries) etc, etc.

Frank discussion is welcome. 

Gary S. Silver

s/v Liahona   Amel SM #335    Puerto Del Rey Marina  - Puerto Rico

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