Yesterday gusts of more than 60mph were recorded in Cornwall and the South West as the storm roared in from the Atlantic. Rain and high winds affected many areas of the country with play being cancelled at the Third Test match between England and the West Indies. The Met Office predicts severe weather will continue through today.
As the South West is worst hit, boat owners will need to take extra care to avoid any potential damage.
When mooring in high winds, I use extra strong line to tie my boat. Docks will rise and fall in storms, so the lines have to be strong to endure the pull and strains between the boat and the dock. During severe weather, I tie my lines with a little “give” to them so that the boat can rock and roll with the waves coming in, if the lines are too tight, the pressure from the dock may cause the boat to dip into the water or worse sink. Thomas Montgomery, Marine and Aviation Specialist, Insurance Tailors.
June half term is normally the season when most people look forward to making the most of outdoor activities. In case the severe weather affects you and you need to make a claim, make sure you safeguard your insurance papers and know where they are if the worst is to happen. Confirm all policies are up to date, what is and isn’t covered and what your responsibilities are.