SOUTHWINDS Hurricane Pages for protecting your sailboat
THE BEST boating Hurricane Section for sailboats on the web. Learn how to protect your boat—and more—with articles, information and links on hurricanes and how to prepare your boat
Current Atlantic satellite image (courtesy NOAA) Click on image to view in motion.
- NOAA Site Showing Current Storms Out There Now
- SOUTHWINDS' Editor's Hurricane Predictions for this year
- Great General Hurricane Information
- How Storm Surge
Works with Links to Tides: Florida, East Coast, Gulf Coast,
Caribbean & Bahamas
- What Florida law says about mandatory marina evacuations.
SOUTHWINDS BOAT PREPARATION ARTICLES:
- A Good and Simple Plan for Your Boat
Creating a good, simple and quick plan for your boat. This article is for boats at the dock, the basics, in practical terms, of preparing your boat for a coming storm. The article also discusses the storms you are most likely to get hit with.
- Moving and Preparing a Boat in the Keys for Hurricane
Rebecca Burg, a regular contributor to Southwinds magazine, writes about her experience in moving her boat into the mangroves near Key West during Hurricane Wilma in October, 2005.
Preparing a Boat — and Surviving — Hurricane Charley
How Mick Gurley prepares his Pearson 35 for a tropical storm at anchor. His boat survives with no damage from a direct hit from Hurricane Charley in August 2004.
- Hurricane Preparation through the Eyes of a Dockmaster
Paul Warren, Dockmaster at a Florida marina, discusses the preparations he has for his marina and what he does to prepare the boats at the marina for a coming storm.
- Sailing in Hurricane Charley — lessons Learned
Capt. Kevin Hughes, in evading Hurricane Charley, ends up anchored off Punta Gorda, FL, and is onboard when the hurricane hits.
Dry-Storing Your Boat on Land (Part I- read in online
These are links to the article in the online magazine. Links online will take you straight to the page.
To read these as PDFs (go to the page number in the magazine, not in the PDF):
Part I January 2008, Pg. 46; Part II February 2008, Pg. 50;
Part III March 2008, Pg. 40
- Links to Other Boat Preparation Articles on the Web
LINKS—WITH EXPLANATIONS—TO THE BEST HURRICANE WEATHER WEBSITES: NOAA SITES:
National Hurricane center at the U.S Government NOAA weather site. This is the best site for quick and easy access to current tracks and information. Most of the other sites get their prediction information and tracks from this site.
National Weather Service tropical weather outlook and discussion.
National Weather Service Hurricane Preparedness Week site.
NOAA site on past storms with tracks and information. Just type in the year, location or storm name to see everything.
OTHER WEATHER SITES:
Commercial site with good satellite images and maps of storms.
Good site with radar images. When you get there go to the "Beta Site" under "Atlantic Tropical Status" then check out the VIS loop and IR loop in the storm you want to see.
Good site for in-depth coverage and data. Go to "Computer Models" for the theoretical tracks (spaghetti lines): Find the hurricane you want to check and then click on "computer models". These are the various models they use to judge where the storm is most likely to go.
Good site with lots of great info. Shows 2004 storm tracks. Some parts free and some subscriber services.
Great site with lots of misc. maps and links.
Great site for past storms of 2005 on CNN web page showing timelines.
Real-time conditions from buoys and weather stations of Florida and Eastern Gulf. Winds, currents, temperatures, etc. From the National Data Buoy Center.
Similar to the previous site above but more stations in the Gulf and West Florida. Real-time conditions from buoys and weather stations of the Eastern Gulf, Florida Keys, West Florida, Tampa Bay area. Winds, currents, temperatures, etc.
Real-time conditions from buoys and weather stations of the Carolinas, Georgia, NE Florida. Winds, currents, temperatures, etc. From the National Data Buoy Center.
Military Web site with a wealth of information, great tracks, but requires a lot of poking around to find what you want. Enter the Public Web Site area, unless, of course, you have a DoD Certificate.
Southwinds Wants Your Hurricane Stories:
We are looking for real stories of what you did to prepare your boat:
— what did and didn't work — at the dock, anchored, at sea, on land.
Sail or Power. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hurricane Charley hits Florida,
Photo courtesy NOAA.