Hurricane Prep Tips from Our Vessel Documentation Online Site

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Are you prepared in the event of a hurricane? As of this writing, we may be nearing the end of hurricane season but, unfortunately, in certain parts of the country, hurricanes can strike at practically any time. The National Documentation Portal was designed to help make it easier to procure vessel documentation online, yet we also do everything in our power to promote safe boating as well. Below are some tips that can help you as well as your vessel in the event of extreme weather.  

Preparation Before the Storm

Hopefully, you prepare for the storm and then it passes by, leaving you and your vessel intact. Preparation, however, cannot hurt. For example, keeping your inventory lists updated and capturing photographs of your vessel is vital for insurance claims. If your vessel is moored at a marina, consult the marina authorities well in advance of the storm; they might offer emergency mooring options that can protect your boat. 

If mooring isn’t an option, consider moving your vessel inland as much as possible. When securing your vessel, seal and shut off fuel lines, doors, hatches, cabinets, lockers, and windows to minimize the potential for breakage. If your vessel needs to remain in the water, double-tie the lines, use longer lines, and add extra fenders for additional protection.

During the Storm

During the storm, ensure your vessel is adequately secured and protected. If possible, move your boat to a safe location where the hurricane’s impact is minimal. Taking these precautions significantly reduces the risk of damage to your vessel.

Post-Storm Assessment and Assistance

Once the storm has passed, it’s time to assess any damage your vessel may have sustained. Documenting the damage through photographs, even if you’re unsure of the extent, is essential. These pictures will be valuable when filing insurance claims. 

At our site, we are dedicated to assisting vessel owners in resuming their maritime activities promptly. Whether you need to replace lost documentation or navigate the paperwork for insurance claims, our comprehensive range of forms can be found on our site. We are committed to supporting vessel owners in getting back on the water safely and efficiently.

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Help With Vessel Documentation Online 

To be in compliance with the authorities, you need to have an actual, physical Certificate of Documentation. When your boat is on the water, you’re going to want to store it in a safe, secure location where it is protected from water damage or loss. 

If disaster strikes and you lose your original documentation, obtaining a Certified Copy from our site can ensure your compliance with maritime regulations. Additionally, safeguard other essential documents, including your vessel’s insurance policy, storage facility lease, marina agreement lease, inventory lists, and any other pertinent paperwork.

By taking proactive steps to protect your vessel, you can be as prepared as possible for the challenges of a hurricane. With the right measures in place, it’s entirely possible that you can safeguard your vessel and resume your maritime adventures once the storm clouds have cleared. To see how we can help with your documentation, click here.