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These are just general guidelines ask your carrier for more informationThe following Items should be removed and properly stored before transit
If you cant be there while you boat is being loaded be sure to get someone to be there to sign off on the inspection prior to your boat being loaded. The same goes for the unloading process.
Zebra Mussels - If you are moving your boat from an infected state, thoroughly inspect your boat. Check engine intake strainers, and all other through hull fittings. Check drain scuppers, outdrives and all possible areas of attachment. DOT officers are checking boats for Zebra mussels at weigh stations. If found, your boat will be seized. You will have to arrange for hot water removal, and you may also be required to have your boat launched first in salt water if your intended destination was fresh water.
Stow all loose gear, if stored below it must be well secured, all locker doors should also be well secured. Carriers will not accept responsibilty for damage caused by loose gear. Lock the cabin and keep the key, do not give it to the driver. Only put boat gear in the boat, they do not ship household goods. If you plan on putting in household goods, just remember that it is not insured.
Boats CAN NOT be shipped with fuel or water in the tanks. Drain the fuel and water and remove any drain plugs from the hull. If it is being transported in the winter from a warm climate to a cold one damage could occur if the water is not drained from the boat.
Disconnect the batteries and secure them, also make sure the wires are tied off to prevent contact. Remove the anchors from the deck and secure them if they are to be shipped with the boat.
Wooden boats can dry out during transport, a coat of linseed oil will help. You must expect normal road dirt on the boat from the shipping process.
Canvas covers should be removed as they will tear or fly off during transit. If they are not removed carriers will not take responsibility.
Shrink wrap can be used, however it may tear or fly off while being shipped. The drivers usually carry extra shrink wrap and will try to repair the shrink wrap, however if it becomes unrepairable they will remove it to avoid damaging the boat which the carrier wont take responsibility for.
If your boat has its own cradle, inspect it carefully for loose bolts or any other problems. If it breaks during transit the carrier can not accept responsibility.
If you are shipping your boat on its own trailer, the carrier cannot accept responsibility for damage caused by your trailer (rollers or frame).
Hatches should be tied or taped from the outside so they dont blow off and cause damage or rain water could leak in through the hatch.
Cabin Windows should be latched and taped from the outside to prevent damage from wind-driven water. All windshields that protrude over the flying bridge should be removed, packed and secured below.
All rigging, winches, wind indicators and lights must be removed from the mast. Carpet should be provided for the mast at the tie down points. Expect some chafing at these points. Do not secure the mast to the boat, the carrier will not be responsible if you do, there is space on the carriers trailer for the mast.
Lif lines, stanchions, bow and stern pulpits should be removed if they render the boat over height, generally over 11 feet keel to highest point not on the carriers trailer.
On center board sailboats, make sure the board is secured and will stay up during transit. Keel sailboats may expect some seperation where the keel joins the hull, this is paint or filler cracking at the joint.
Light built or racing sailboats can expect some hull indentation from the support pads, these generally disappear when the boat is returned to the water.
Remove all Propellers, flag masts, lights, outriggers, antennas, etc. that may be loose in the boat.
Remove all electronics and valuable items from your boat, pack securely and store below or transport them yourself for more security.
If your boat is low enough to ship this the flying bridge on, remove all lights, wheels, masts, and windshields that protrude over the bridge.
If your flying bridge is too high to ship, a cradle will have to be built for it so it can be shipped on the forward deck or cockpit area. Every point that touches another should be sufficiently padded so it doesnt chafe.
Dinghy's can not be transported on their davits. It should be stored in the cabin or securely lashed and padded in the cockpit.
It is recommended that they be transported on their own custom cradle. This is suggested because there may be inherent structural weaknesses that are not readily visible. A well designed cradle will distribute the weight evenly over the entire boat
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