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Boat owners need to prep before hurricane season

WILMINGTON -- Most of us take the proper precautions to protect ourselves and our homes from hurricanes, but boat owners also have to be prepared. Prepping your boat now before the peak of the hurricane season should save you time, money and most importantly, your boat. Attention all boat owners. Before we experience severe weather you'll want to hear what this man has to say. Aquatic Safaris & Towboat U.S. Captain Gregory Woodby said, "A lot of times people are scrambling at the last minute to try to get their boat secure." Captain Woodby says the first thing to do to prepare your boat for severe weather is to have a plan. Once you know severe weather is on the way, Captain Woodby says you should get your boat out of the water if it isn't too big. Woodby said, "The boats that end up sinking are smaller boats. The batteries run dead and they just cannot keep the water out." If you don't have a place to keep your boat on land, consider a boat storage unit. Kim Loyd of Watermark Marina of Wilmington says boat owners can lease hurricane spaces. Loyd said, "They take them inland or to someone's house and [it's a] big inconvenience. If they're brought here they know they'll be safe a secure and they know that their boats are going to be protected." When your boat is tied up in the water during a storm, Captain Woodby says a lot of damage is done by other boats that break loose from the dock. Woodby said, "Whatever lines you have attached to the dock, make sure they're new lines and they're chafe-guarded with the proper materials and then have another set of lines in case they would actually break." Captain Woodby says chafe guards for your rope are relatively cheap and are well worth the investment. Woodby says boat insurance is a must because damage is inevitable once the severe weather is here.

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