HOW TO PREPARE YOUR BOAT FOR TRANSPORT
- Ensure your boat will clear any low-hanging objects at pickup and drop off locations.
- Clean your boat thoroughly, making sure to inspect and photograph any existing damage.
- Secure hatches and cabin windows with tape or rope, making sure to seal tightly to keep water out.
- Secure all loose gear. Don’t forget to check below deck, as well.
- Drain all fuel and water tanks. Your provider may prefer the fuel tank fully empty or at a quarter tank.
- Remove any drain plugs from the hull.
- Remove any valuable electronic equipment that could be damaged, especially if it protrudes from the boat’s standard dimensions.
- Disconnect the batteries and make sure cables are secured safely.
Discuss any other requirements with your boat transporter well ahead of time to avoid any mix ups. It is also good to clarify what is and is not covered by their insurance so there are no surprises in the unlikely event of a claim.
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WOODEN BOATS AND SAILBOATS
Preparing a wooden boat can take a few extra steps. It is recommended that you apply a coat of linseed oil to avoid any drying out. A custom cradle can also be a good idea, as this will distribute your boat’s weight properly to avoid any splitting during transport.
When transporting a sailboat, the mast will almost always be removed and secured directly to the trailer. It is recommended to fully blanket-wrap the mast to protect it from being damaged in transport.
Make sure to clarify with your transporter if your boat will be carried on its own trailer or a trailer the transporter provides.
If possible, it’s usually convenient to transport your boat on its own trailer. A wider range of transporters will likely be able to handle the job.
If you do not have a trailer, it is crucial that you measure and furnish exact dimensions to your transporter they can determine their ability to accommodate the load and ensure safe transport. Make sure you make arrangements with the transporter and marina for your boat to be loaded and unloaded, as well.
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Transporting your boat shouldn’t be a hassle – if you plan ahead and keep organized, you should have your boat safely at its new home and ready for another great season.