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Securing a Watercraft

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has these tips for storing boats and other trailered watercraft during a storm:

  • Park the boat/trailer in the garage or near a building.
  • Fill boats no more than halfway with water to add weight. (Overfilling can damage the trailer.)
  • Remove outboard motors (if possible).
  • Let some air out of the trailer tires.
  • Place blocks in front and back of the tires to prevent rolling.
  • Lash the trailer down with heavy ropes or chains.