For the purposes of planning, the hurricane season is recognized as June 1 to November 30.
Unattended boats are those with the owner/skipper not on board. All boats in the marina unattended for any period during the hurricane period must be under a guardianage contract. The guardianage company or individual has an obligation to care for that boat and take all reasonable action to protect it under the guide lines laid out in this document.
Attended boats must comply and co-operate with the Marina’s hurricane plan or may be asked to leave the Marina.
Le Phare Bleu Marina monitors weather everyday via NOAA and other weather web sites so are aware of tropical systems as they leave the African coast line, many days in advance of a system developing and threatening the Caribbean. As a result we are able to take necessary action at an early stage. Particular note is taken of weather systems that start at a low latitude (eg 0-10 degrees north), although systems can be affected by other weather in the Atlantic basin and be pushed south to cause potential danger to the Caribbean, so all tropical waves are monitored as a matter of course.
Our experience has shown that the more time that is available prior to a storm threat, the better, so we take the view that boats should be prepared as far as possible at the start of the hurricane season.
Stage I: Boat Hurricane Preparations
The following must be undertaken before June 1, or when the boat arrives. If the boat is attended or expected to be used during the hurricane period, the owner and guardianage company (if applicable) undertake to ensure these measures are taken promptly if required
Stage II: Boat Hurricane Preparations
The following must be undertaken when a storm or hurricane warning is issued, and ideally in advance of this if bad weather is judged to be likely.
Le Phare Bleu has a number of designated bad weather moorings within the bay. These moorings are anchored with three (3) 2.4m sand screws, chained to a 3 tonne block, with 20mm chain. 30mm line connects the mooring to the buoy.
Design of the bad weather mooring anchors (holding power of 5,2t):.
Boats will be moved to these moorings or ‘double slipped’ on the marina docks as deemed appropriate by Le Phare Bleu Marina.
‘Double slipping’ means no boat should be close enough to touch any other boat unless the lines part.
The boats will be secured in the following manner
The Marina reserves the right to supply and fit suitable lines and/or chafe gear at the boat owner’s expense if a boat does not have sufficient or suitable equipment on board. Please discuss with the Marina Dock Supervisor if you are unclear.
All boats whether on moorings or in the marina should be prepared as follows:
In order for the above plan to be workable, the marina has the following policies in place.