Coast Guard units across New England are preparing for a powerful storm expected to hit the region Sunday night.
The Coast Guard is urging mariners to secure their boats, and pay attention to the National Weather Service for updates.
Anticipated wind gusts of hurricane force and sea waves greater than 20 feet could be considered life threatening conditions for mariners.
Herb Kay, who spent the night on his boat at Bay Point Marina in Quincy, is taking heed.
"We are putting extra lines in the boats now and taking care of them and walking around looking at the boats and make sure they are taken care of as well," said Kay.
Coast Guard air crews have spent the last day flying over the anticipated storm track and using marine radios to warn boaters of the upcoming storm.
Kay, who's been boating for over 30 years, says there's no cause for alarm if boaters do the right thing.
"You get storms you just need to prepare for it properly, extra lines on the boat and a couple of fenders, and we’re good to go," he said.
Small boats such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards should especially be tied down, the Coast Guard warns. If these small crafts are found drifting empty in the water, it may trigger unecessary search and rescue operations.