Get your boat ready before a storm strikes
Winds from Hurricane Jeanne sank at least two boats at the Intercoastal Marina at Melbourne, Fla., in 2004. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel)
No one should ever attempt to ride out a storm in a boat. To protect themselves and their craft, boaters need to plan ahead. That means:
•Develop a detailed plan of what to do with your boat and automobile if a hurricane approaches.
•The next best option would be getting the watercraft out of the water and anchoring it with tie-downs in an open area without trees nearby.
•If your boat is on a lake or river and you can't take it out of the water, then make it as watertight as possible, and check to make sure the batteries are fully charged and the bilge pumps work.