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Boats out of WaterSunny days are a boater's best friend, but unfortunately, the weather doesn't always cooperate with us. Sometimes, boaters are faced with rough storms and even hurricanes that can have damaging effects. Every boater, whether on land or on the water, should be aware of the weather forecast. The best place for you to be during Mother Nature's worst is on dry land, but you should prepare your boat if time allows, in order to decrease the chances of major damage.

If you get notice of bad weather with plenty of time to spare, pulling your boat out of the water is the best way to ensure its protection. However, bad weather can come on with less of a warning. In those cases, it's time to batten the hatches. That's right, it's not just a pirate term. But what does it mean? Essentially, you should perform the following tasks:
  • Secure the portholes and hatches.
  • Cover or detach the windscreens.
  • Remove items that are not permanently attached to the boat, as they can be damaged or become damaging projectiles themselves.
  • Drop an anchor or two, at the bow and stern.
  • Lash tires and/or other impact-absorbing items to your boat at potential contact points to minimize the chances of damage from rough waters.
Completing the list before a storm hits could be the difference between little to no damage and major damages or total destruction. However, don't sacrifice your safety in an effort to protect your boat. The most important thing is ensure your own safety. After all, any damages that your boat undergoes can be dealt with after the storm passes. Just call your independent insurance agent to get the claims process started.

We're here to assist you with claims. Call Pro Player Insurance Group at (954) 316-4662 for more information on Fort Lauderdale boat insurance.
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