Webinar to discuss securing boats in a storm

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The Association of Marina Industries and BoatUS have teamed up to offer a series of three online webinars for marine facility operators and others interested in learning about how to secure boats to avoid damage in future storms.

The next webinar, "Securing Boats on Land," is scheduled for March 12 and will focus on the challenges of securing boats inside storage structures as well as outside on the hard.

Three hurricanes made landfall in Florida within six weeks of each other in 2004, and another three devastated the state in 2005. In the wake of those two record-breaking seasons, Florida marinas developed more storm-resistant strategies for storing boats on the hard that reflected the risks of individual marinas and the differences between power and sail boats in strong winds and high surge conditions.

BoatUS director of technical services Beth Leonard will discuss those strategies, and examine whether they would have been helpful in reducing the damage from Sandy. She'll also share some potential modifications to those techniques that have come out of debriefing the BoatUS catastrophe teams after Sandy.

All webinars are at 2 p.m.

A March 26 webinar, "Securing Boats in the Water," will look at the challenges presented by moorings and by various dock structures such as fixed or floating docks, and also look at solutions and best practices.

The cost to attend is $10 per webinar for members of AMI or BoatUS and, for non-members, $25 for one webinar, $40 for two and $60 for all three.

Go to http://marinaassociation.org/training/online-webinars to register.