With a recent series of significant weather events impacting the coastlines of Australia and New Zealand, we recommend all marina managers and boat owners with vessels located in the region stay updated about this severe weather event via the Bureau of Meteorology. 

Being there to support our customers when it really counts is what Nautilus Marine Insurance is here for. Should your vessel be impacted by a severe weather event, our claims team will be there to help with 24/7 claims support.

However, in preparation, there are some practical steps you can take to prepare your vessel. The expert tips below regarding storm preparation for moored vessels are from The Boat Works General Manager Shane Subichin, who is also a Certified Marine Service Manager (CSM) and a trainer for the Marina Industries Association (MIA). The storm preparation advice below is not an exhaustive list, however it does represent some practical advice from an industry expert.

Ensuring your personal safety, and the safety of others, should always be your top priority. These storm preparation steps should therefore only be undertaken before the cyclone arrives and if it is safe to do so.

Chafe guards: During a cyclone, the motion of a boat can become quite violent, often the pitching bow of a boat is like a knife on an unprotected rope. Protect your lines from chafing with proper chafe guards or use chains where suitable.

Docking lines: Everybody with a moored boat needs to ensure their docking lines are of adequate size. It’s worth your while to consider getting another, even stronger set.

Cleats: Ensure your cleats are properly attached and are of the proper size. If your bow cleats are too small, think about replacing them.

Eliminate drag: Any drag will increase the pull on the moorings, so remove sails, roller furling jib or headsails. Remove mainsails from the boom and any sail covers and pull the halyards through to reduce windage.

Remember, Nautilus Marine Insurance will be there to help if your vessel is impacted by a severe weather event. You can contact our team at anytime via our 24/7 Emergency Claims Numbers.