Water craft are particularly vulnerable to damage during a hurricane because of their light weight and close proximity to the coast. Secure your boat before a hurricane warning is given (after an evacuation order is issued, draw bridges will be closed to boaters).
First and foremost, never try to ride the hurricane out on a boat. Many live-a-boards boats in the harbor, while still seaworthy, aren’t capable of withstanding a hurricane. Live-a-boards are advised to remove all their personal belongings and shelter on land. Boats should be secured as best as possible.
Removing sunken and stranded vessels after the hurricane is a major undertaking and one that is conducted at the boat owner’s expense. County and state officials will hold boat owners responsible for the removal of wrecks. Financial assistance may be available.