Comprehensive Hurricane Prep for Boaters

Give Your Boat Its BEST Chance in a Hurricane

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  • Online Course - 8 modules
  • 88 illustrative photos and charts
  • 2 short videos
  • 5 downloads: sample hurricane plan, hurricane options worksheet and 3 editable hurricane checklists
  • Certificate of Completion to print and attach to the hurricane plan for your insurance company
  • BONUS: Private Facebook group

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. . . the probability of damage can be reduced considerably by choosing the most storm-worthy location possible and making a plan before a hurricane warning is posted.

- Seaworthy Magazine by BoatUS

Learn to Choose the Best Location and What Your Storm Prep Must Include

Hurricanes are a fact of life for many boaters. And the photos of the destruction left behind strike fear in our hearts.

Can I really do anything to save my boat if a hurricane is headed my way?

The answer is yes. Your efforts can considerably improve your boat's chances.

I remember the first time I heard that a tropical storm was heading straight for my location and could turn into a hurricane. Eek! How were we supposed to prepare?

It was back in 2003 in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. We were in a remote area with just a couple of books on board that had short chapters on hurricane preparation. 

What a wake-up call that was! Luckily the top winds were "only" about 50 knots and we escaped with no damage. But it pointed out the need to think quite seriously about how we'd prep for a hurricane and prepare a plan and checklists.

And so my journey down the path of learning what did and didn't work to save boats from hurricanes began. 

It turns out that there's a lot you can do to improve your boat's chances. I learn more and more with each storm; over and over, I talk, email and text with people about their experiences and read accounts of what happened. 

But over and over, I'm struck by how little comprehensive information there is. Sure, you can find numerous articles with "10 Tips for Preparing for a Hurricane" -- I have even written some!

But I have yet to see any resources that put the whole picture together:

  • What should you consider in choosing a location for your boat?
  • What supplies do you need to have on hand?
  • What planning do you need to do before hurricane season?
  • How do you prepare a hurricane plan for your insurer?
  • Step-by-step, how do you prepare your boat?
  • What do you need to know when you're looking at forecasts?
  • Why do some boats survive when others don't?

Since 2004, I've been talking to people about hurricane prep, writing articles and giving seminars. Hundreds of people have downloaded my hurricane checklists.

Putting together a resource that covers everything was a big task. This course contains at least 3 times -- maybe 4 times -- the material in my Hurricane Prep course at Cruiser's University. It digs far deeper into many topics that I had to cover in just a sentence or two (or bypass entirely) in my 90-minute presentations and articles.

Hi! I’m Carolyn Shearlock. My husband and I have been cruising over 13 years and 12,000 miles, first on a Tayana 37 monohull and now on a 34’ Gemini catamaran. Along the way, we've had two direct hits by hurricanes (Category 1 Marty and Category 4 Irma), had the center of eight other storms come within 50 miles of our boat, and learned a ton about what does and doesn’t work!

This course is a greatly expanded version of one I teach at Cruisers University.

 Introducing . . .


Hurricane Preparation for Boaters

Learn how to give your boat its best chance against a hurricane

Is your boat in hurricane waters?

This in-depth, 8-module course will teach you how to:

  • Choose the best location for your boat
  • Gather the proper supplies ahead of time -- no last-minute scramble
  • Watch the weather and understand the fine points of the forecasts
  • Think about hurricane season and understand the risk
  • Prepare a hurricane plan
  • Develop your hurricane checklists
  • Know when it's time to stop watching forecasts and start prepping
  • Execute your plan, with step-by-step details
  • Prioritize your actions if time is limited
  • Cruise during hurricane season
  • Stay safe both in preparing your boat and in the aftermath

Our Hurricane Prep Guarantee

If you’re not 100% satisfied with Comprehensive Hurricane Preparation for Boaters in 30 days, I will give you a full refund. No questions asked.

What’s Inside Comprehensive Hurricane Preparation for Boaters

Hurricane Prep’s eight in-depth course modules contain 88 illustrative photos and charts, two videos, and five downloads to provide a comprehensive guide to hurricane preparation for boaters.

Hurricane Prep’s course modules include:

  • Principles of Hurricane Prep -- what you need to think about and how to watch the weather
  • Before Hurricane Season -- developing your hurricane plan, deciding where you'll put your boat, creating your checklists, evaluating your boat's readiness to withstand a hurricane, gathering your supplies, and planning how to monitor weather
  • Preparing Your Boat for a Hurricane -- decreasing wind resistance, securing your boat, hurricane anchoring and other things to do
  • Stay on Your Boat or Evacuate? -- how to decide what you should do, and what to expect if you stay on your boat
  • Aftermath -- recovering and staying safe
  • Cruising in Hurricane Season -- how to enjoy your boat during hurricane season without undue risk
  • If a Storm is Bearing Down on You -- if you start this course with a storm forecast for your area, START HERE and learn what to do right now.
  • Case Study: Why Did Barefoot Gal Survive Category 4 Irma? - How did she survive when 75% of the boats nearby didn't? A real-life example, tying everything together. 


  • Membership in a private Facebook group to ask questions
  • Subscription to The Boat Galley Newsletter, filled with tips to make your life aboard easier and more enjoyable
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What people say about The Boat Galley's Hurricane Checklists:

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the course?

Most people find it takes about four hours to go through the course materials initially. 

How is the course presented?

Comprehensive Hurricane Preparation for Boaters is primarily written, with lots of photos to show exact details of preparations. There are two short videos. You need to be online to access the course materials.

Can I start right now?

Absolutely! We never impose a schedule on you. Take the course at your own pace. And if there is a hurricane possibly threatening you right now, follow our quick start links to go straight to what you need to do NOW.

Is everything available immediately?

Yes. Upon purchase, you’ll immediately be given login credentials and be able to log in right from the purchase confirmation screen. You’ll have access to every bit of the course material. You’ll also get an email with the login information.

How long do I have access?

Forever. Refer back to the materials as many times as you want. You'll automatically get all updates to the course, too.

Do you guarantee no damage to my boat?

There are no guarantees when it comes to hurricanes. This course will teach you how to give your boat its best chance.

Learning to effectively prepare for a hurricane is one of the simplest things you can do to increase your boat's chances of surviving a storm. This course quickly, simply and inexpensively gives you the skills you need.

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Are You Ready To Give Your Boat Its Best Chance Against a Hurricane?

Whether your boat sustains major damage in a hurricane is not a matter of random luck. Your decisions and preparation play a major role. 

In Comprehensive Hurricane Preparation for Boaters, we cover it all in a logical, step-by-step fashion to take you from the pre-season decisions and preparations through monitoring the weather to your actual storm prep and even how to avoid injury in the aftermath.

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10 Modules


  • Overview
  • Join the Facebook Group

If a Storm is Bearing Down on You

  • Immediate Action: If a Storm is Bearing Down on You

Principles of Hurricane Prep

  • Your Hurricane Prep Attitude

Preparing Your Boat for a Hurricane

  • Wind Resistance
  • Securing Your Boat
  • Other Things To Do
  • Hurricane Anchoring

Stay on Your Boat or Evacuate?

  • Should you stay on your boat or evacuate?
  • If you do stay on the boat, what do you need to know?


  • Stay Safe After the Storm

Cruising In Hurricane Season

  • How We Cruise in Hurricane Season

Case Study: Why Did Barefoot Gal Survive Category 4 Irma?

  • Case Study: How All the Decisions Add Up

Final Thoughts

  • Certificate of Completion
  • Review
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