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Below are some helpful hints to
assist you in the preparation of your vessel for delivery:
This boat preparation guide was compiled to assist
the boat owner in properly preparing and securing
transportation. Please make every
effort to prepare the boat according to these guidelines.
Oversee the delivery preparation yourself or have a qualified
yard do so. The transport carrier cannot be responsible
for damage due to improper preparation or loading
by the shipper, for faulty or defective cradles, trailers,
chains, binders, or other equipment provided by the
shipper to secure the cargo.
NOTE: IF BOAT IS
NOT PROPERLY PREPARED FOR DELIVERY, BOAT WILL BE SHIPPED
"AS IS" AND CARRIER WILL NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY
FOR ANY RESULTING DAMAGE.
GENERAL BOAT DELIVERY INFORMATION
The legal height for transporting over the road is
13' 6." haul. If you choose a marina or boatyard
to which there is no clear access, the carrier cannot
accept responsibility for damage caused by branches
or wires. The larger the boat, the higher the load,
the more clearance required. Unless previously discussed,
freight amount quoted is for legal height of 13' 6"
loaded on the carriers trailer. If your boat loads
higher, a freight surcharge will be added to your
The boat delivery driver
will perform a survey only of the exterior of the
boat. If there is a condition of the boat that was
not indicated to hauler at the time of the booking
of the load, it will be noted on the bill of lading
or on a condition report. You or your agent will be
asked to sign this report at the point of pickup;
a copy of this report will be given to you or your
agent at that time. At delivery, the boat will again
be inspected; the condition report again signed and
another copy will be given to you or your agent. Any
damage noted by you or your agent upon delivery must
be noted on the bill-of-lading that you sign when
you or your agent accepts delivery of the boat. Bill
of Ladings must be signed at the time of the delivery
of the boat.
BOAT DELIVERY BASICS
1. Stow all loose gear and secure. All gear stored
below must be well secured. The carrier will not accept
responsibility for damage caused by loose gear. Lock
the cabin. YOU keep the key. DO NOT give the key to
the driver. Boat gear only: we cannot ship household
2. Remove any drain plugs from the hull. There
should not be any water in the bilge while it is being
transported. During winter months, water should be
drained from water systems, pumps, air conditioners,
3. Disconnect batteries and secure. Remove anchors
from the deck.
4. Wooden boats can be expected to dry out. A coat
of linseed oil will help. Please expect normal road
dirt on the boat. Or the boat can be soaked before
transporting which helps prevent and loose boards
on the trip.
CANVAS COVERS/SHRINK WRAP
5. All canvas covers must be removed as they will
tear or fly off during transit. If they are not removed,
the carrier cannot be responsible for damages. The
carrier will ship shrink-wrapped boats, however the
shrink wrap may tear or fly off in transit. The carriers
do carry extra shrink wrap tape and every effort will
be made to repair the shrink wrap, however, if the
shrink wrap becomes unrepairable, it will be removed
to avoid damage from the shrink wrap beating against
the boat. The carrier will not be held responsible.
6. If your boat has its own cradle, please inspect
it carefully for loose bolts or weakness of any kind.
If your cradle breaks in transit, causing damage to
your boat, the carrier cannot accept responsibility.
If you are shipping your boat on its own trailer,
the carrier cannot accept responsibility should the
rollers or frame cause damage, or if the trailer breaks
apart, causing damage.
7. If you are shipping a dinghy on board or if you
have had to remove any superstructure, these items
should be well padded. DO NOT leave dinghy on davits.
8. All electronics, radar, hailers, horns, antennas,
propellers, flag masts, lights, anchor lights, etc.,
must be removed, packed securely and securely stored
below. The carrier will not be responsible if they
are damaged or if they vibrate off.
9. Tie and/or tape hatches from the outside. The carrier
cannot be responsible for the damage they may cause
if they blow off in transit or for damage to the boat
caused by rain water if a hatch blows off.
10. If the hatches leak, seal them. A boat will not
sit in the same position on the carrier's trailer
as it does in the water and the carrier cannot be
responsible for rain water entering through a leaky
hatch or deck.
11. Cabin windows should be latched and taped from
12. All windshields and/or Plexiglas that protrude
over the flying bridge should be removed, packed with
a cargo blanket and should be well secured below.
The carrier will not be responsible for any damage
that occurs if they are not removed and properly packed
13. All rigging, winches, wind indicators, and lights
must be removed from the mast. Carpet should be provided
for the mast at the points of tie down. Expect some
chafing at these points. If the mast is painted, it
is almost impossible to keep the paint from chafing.
The carrier will not pay to repaint masts if chafing
occurs. Do not secure the mast to the boat, as there
is a space on the carriers trailer for the mast. If
when discussed with hauler the mast is to be secured
on the top of the boat, it is the customer’s
responsbility to make sure that the mast will not
It should be secured side to side and front and back.
Hauler will make sure that the mast is tight before
trucking. However, it is not hauler’s responsibility
to lash it down entirely unless customer has requested
hauler to do so at an additional cost.
Life lines, stanchions, bow and stern pulpits should
be removed if they render the boat over height, generally
over 12' keel to highest point not on the carriers
14. On centerboard sailboats, make sure the board
is secured and will stay up in transit. Keel sailboats
may expect some separation where the keel joins the
hull. This is not structural damage, but rather is
the paint or filler cracking at the joint. Light built
or racing sailboats can expect some hull indentation
from the support pads. These indentations generally
disappear when the boat is returned to the water.
FOR POWER BOATS
15. Remove all propellers, flag masts, lights, outriggers,
16. If your powerboat is low enough to ship with
the flying bridge on, remove all lights, wheels, masts
and windshields that protrude over the bridge. All
Plexiglas should be removed and packed below with
a cargo blanket. If your powerboat is not low enough
to ship with the flying bridge on, you will have to
have a cradle built for the bridge to be shipped in
on the forward deck or cockpit area.
Every point touching the deck or rails must be sufficiently
padded. Remove all electronics and valuable items
from the bridge, pack securely, and store below.
If you have any questions, Please call us toll free
at 1-800-513-2936 or email