PREPARATION BEFORE SEVERE WEATHER ARRIVES
WATCH THE WEATHER
As a boatie it's important to keep an eye on the weather. If a severe weather event is forecast, you should prepare for:
- the worst-case forecast
- the storm front to hit you directly
- poor weather to arrive quicker than expected
- poor weather conditions in the days prior
CHECK YOUR INSURANCE AND BOAT RECORDS
Review your Club Marine boat insurance to make sure you have appropriate cover. If you need to make changes, update your policy online:
- review your sum insured
- check your premiums are paid
- check contact information
Keeping records of your boat and equipment can help make the claim process easier:
- take photos of insured property, purchase receipts and records
- an inventory may be helpful, though it isn't necessary for a claim
SEVERE WEATHER PREPARATION FOR TRAILERABLE BOATS
TRAILERABLE BOAT CHECKLIST
SEVERE WEATHER PREPARATION FOR BOATS KEPT ON WATER
MOORING AND DOCK LINES
Mooring and dock lines should be strong, stretchable, and resistant to abrasion and UV. Nylon ropes have good stretching ability which can help absorb some strain as your boat is pushed around in the storm.
Consider the weather forecast when deciding to use covers or not.
In heavy rain, covers will help keep water out of your boat, and your bilge pump should remove water that gets into your hull.
If heavy rain is forecast:
In strong winds however, covers can increase the overall wind resistance of your boat, causing it to be pushed into surrounding objects - or worst case, break from its mooring.
If high winds or cyclonic conditions are forecast:
DINGHIES AND TENDERS
Power surges can cause damage to electrical components.
Unsecured items can cause damage to your boat or surrounding boats.
Rolled-up sails add to the wind resistance of your boat and can become unfurled in high wind.
ONCE THE SEVERE WEATHER HAS PASSED
Severe weather can cause catastrophic damage, and we recognise this can be a very difficult time for you. We are here to support you with your to get you back on the water. is available, and we also have options to support you if you are experiencing .
Once the severe weather has passed, check your boat as soon as possible: