Boat Transport

The legal height for transporting over the road is 13' 6." Please choose a marina or boatyard with at least 14' overhead clearance, no low tree branches or wires on its approach. 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 freight amount. The driver will survey, only of the exterior of the boat. The condition of the boat will be noted on a CARGO CONDITION REPORT. You or your agent will be asked to sign this report at pickup time. At delivery, the boat will again be inspected; the CARGO CONDITION REPORT again signed. Any damage noted by you or your agent upon delivery must be noted on the CARGO CONDITION REPORT that you sign when you or your agent accepts delivery of the boat.

Shopping around for the "best price".

Again, if you have a 20' power boat on your own trailer, shop around to your heart's content, being sure you stay with reputable transport companies. However, if you have a large boat, shaving a dollar here and there can cost you a bundle. If you have a large boat, or any type of sail boat, and have cost as your first priority, please read tip #1 again, and again.
Professional boat transporters are expensive because they do their job right. They require the proper equipment, they hire experienced drivers and loaders, which command a premium price. Don't gamble with your boat just because a transport company has insurance either, anyone who has been around boats long enough knows that repairing damage is not quite the same thing with a boat as with other vehicles. Many times insurance companies try to save money on repairs wherever they can, and even with good intentions, getting a perfect repair is of course an impossibility. We do not receive commission from any boat transport companies listed, we have no financial gain, it's simply the best free advice you are going to get.

EXTERNAL ACCESSORIES

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.

CANVAS COVERS/SHRINK WRAP

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.

WINDOWS/WINDSHIELDS

Cabin windows should be latched and taped from the outside.
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 and secured.

HATCHES

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.
If 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.

SAILBOATS

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. Should the mast be secured to the boat, the carrier will not be responsible for any resulting damage to the mast or the boat?
Life lines, stanchions, bow and stern pulpits should be removed if they cause boat to be over height. Generally over 11' keel to highest point not on the carriers trailer.

POWER BOATS

Remove all propellers, flag masts, lights, outriggers, antennas, etc.
If, your power boat 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 power boat is not low enough to ship with the flying bridge on, you will need 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 give us a call.