Strong winds forecast for much of the UK

This weekend is set to be seriously windy. Here is insurers Navigators & General’s advice to keep your boat safe, wherever she is. 

  • Whatever

    mooring type you have, ensure that you have the correct size and type of

    lines fitted for your boat and “double up lines” in preparation for

    strong winds. You should regularly be checking for wear and replace

    lines if in any doubt
  • Inland boats should also check mooring points ashore to ensure they are adequate, and consider using additional points
  • Any boat moored (or stored) under a tree could be at risk if the tree is rotten or badly kept. If possible move your boat
  • Ensure that your fenders are at the correct height and are well secured. Attach more fenders if you can
  • If possible,

    (and safe) remove sails, spray hoods, dodgers and canopies. If it’s not

    possible or safe to remove the sails check that they are very well

    furled, and use extra sail ties on both main and foresails
  • If ashore it is

    just as important to reduce windage, ensure that covers are not tied to

    supporting beams (they may pull these out) and if you are really

    concerned attached halyards to secure points on land and tension

    slightly
  • Dinghies should be secured to the ground with halyards and lines around the hull
  • If you cannot

    get to your boat then it would not hurt to contact your yard or marina

    and ask them to check your boat and adjacent boats during the gales

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