For those cruising the Caribbean and / or the East Coast of the United States, the result of Hurricane Matthew on Haiti and now progressing through the Caribbean chain is devastating and it’s apparent path will be towards Florida and up the Eastern Seaboard.
For those who have already been affected we send out our hopes that you are safe. For those of you in the potential path, especially those people in Florida and the East Coast, we appreciate that you will have concerns about the safety of your craft and for the people who will be affected by this intense weather event.
For those owners with boats on the East Coast we would suggest that you put into place your hurricane plans, ensuring that additional lines and fenders are deployed, reducing on deck windage as much as possible by removing all items that can be removed (e.g. bimini’s, on deck sails and if possible furled sails and sail bags) and storing them safely away inside. Dinghies and tenders, where possible, should be deflated and stored securely inside or away from the boat. Ensure that your cockpit drain holes are clear of debris and that any loose equipment around the boat or on the pontoon is secured.
Topsail are available should you need any advice. In the event that your boat sustains damage be sure to make it as secure as possible to avert any further or subsequent damage and if insured with us please call our office to report what has happened and we will implement our claims procedures to do our best to help.
All of us at Topsail are thinking of those affected and we hope that you keep safe and secure in the days ahead.