Use Extreme Caution : 195.4' | What is this?
This is the current water level of Lake Lillinonah. Our safety indicator should be used as a guideline only; higher lake elevations cause more floating debris. Always use caution and watch out for floating debris when navigating Lake Lillinonah.
Safest: below 194'
Debris presence unlikely - safe for recreational use.
Caution: 194' to 195'
Debris possibly present - caution advised.
Use Extreme Caution: above 195'
Debris likely present - dangerous.
Posted: August 27, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sea Tow Offers Preparedness Tips for Boaters
Southold, N.Y., July 18, 2011 – The first six weeks of this year’s hurricane season have passed
without a serious threat. But the National Hurricane Center’s 2011 prediction of 12 to 18 named
storms—including three to six major hurricanes—is in the back of everyone’s mind. For that reason,
Sea Tow, the nation’s leading marine assistance provider, advises boaters in coastal and inland areas
where hurricanes and tropical storms are a threat to be prepared.
First, review your insurance policy – with your provider, if possible. Boat owners whose marine
insurance requires them to relocate their vessels out of a hurricane zone should do so by the date
specified in their policy. But for those who plan to not relocate their boats, it’s important to have a Storm
Plan ready to execute as soon as the forecast spells danger.
In fact, most insurance providers require a formal written Storm Plan detailing where and how your boat
must be secured during a hurricane. Make sure your insurance policy is current and in force, and that
you know what actions it requires you to take in the event of a storm. If you live out of the area during
the summer months, designate a responsible person to execute the Storm Plan in your absence.
It’s also important to check the lease or dockage agreement with your marina, storage facility or private
dock owner where your boat is moored to be sure the vessel can remain there during a hurricane. If it
can stay, be sure you know the procedure for securing not only your vessel, but those docked around it,
as well. A boat that breaks loose in a hurricane can wreak havoc on neighboring vessels.
Some facilities demand that boats be removed from the water when a major storm is forecast. Owners
who must move their boats should decide where to have it hauled before the hurricane season begins.
Don’t wait until a storm is imminent. Charges for storm haul-outs may be covered by your insurance
Also, check with your local Sea Tow franchise to see what pre-storm haul-out services are offered.
10 Additional Boaters’ Tips for Hurricane Preparedness
1. Closely monitor local and national weather services including NOAA Weather Radio.
2. Make an inventory, preferably by video, of all valuable fixed items such as marine electronics on
board your boat.
3. Store all the boat’s important documents, including your marine insurance policy, in a secure
place off the vessel.
4. When a storm is forecast for your area, remove all detachable items from your boat, such as
canvas, sails, cushions, fishing rigging, radios and antennas. Lash down everything that you
cannot remove, including booms, tillers, wheels, etc.
5. Deflate your dinghy and store it and its outboard off the boat. If it’s a fiberglass dinghy, have it
stored in an indoor facility.
6. If your boat is on a trailer, lash it securely. Use tie-downs to anchor the trailer to the ground, let
the air out of its tires and weigh down the frame.
7. If your boat is in a facility with shore power, be sure all power is turned off and all shore power
cords are stowed securely. Disconnect your boat’s battery.
8. Boats docked in a marina or in a private berth should be centered in the slip. Double-up all dock
lines and make sure they are of sufficient length to compensate for excessive high water.
9. Anchored boats should ensure enough scope. Inspect all anchor rodes and chain and use only
good or new gear. Set extra anchors as necessary.
10. Do not stay with your boat or try to ride out a storm on board. No matter how valuable your
vessel is to you—both financially and sentimentally—it’s not worth your life.
About Sea Tow
Sea Tow Services International, Inc. is the nation’s leading marine assistance provider. Founded in 1983 by Chairman
& CEO Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow now serves over 160,000 members in approximately 106 locations throughout the United States,
Europe, Australia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. For a full list of membership benefits, or to inquire about becoming a Sea Tow
franchisee, please visit seatow.com.
Louisa Beckett or Kristen Frohnhoefer
Turnkey Communications & Sea Tow International
Public Relations, Inc.
(407) 327-0332 (Office) (631) 765-3660 x3115
P.O. Box 403
Bridgewater, CT 06752
Tel: (860) 210-8064
Fax: (860) 210-9894
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