(by Dana Hewson, Vice President for Watercraft Preservation and Programs, Mystic Seaport Museum and Paul DeOrsay, then Director, Texas Seaport Maritime Museum and now Assistant Director, Independence Seaport Museum)
The following section deals with vessels that will be in the water during adverse weather conditions. In most situations, the size of the vessel and the seriousness of the anticipated weather will dictate which actions are most appropriate. Not all vessels are in the water on a year‑round basis and are therefore not exposed to the same risks all the time.
Each large vessel in your collection should have a plan showing the location of water shutoffs, power shutoffs, fire extinguishers, lightning grounds, storm hawsers, additional mooring lines, emergency equipment, etc. Do not store your only copies of these on board! Have back‑up copies on board, and keep the originals in a safe place onshore. Your institution's emergency preparedness and recovery plan should have a specific section dedicated to the procedures you will follow in taking care of your vessel(s).