The boat preparation guide was compiled to assist the boat owner in properly preparing and securing the
boat for overland transportation.  Please make every effort to prepare the boat according to these guidelines.  
Oversee the preparation yourself or have a qualified yard do so.  The 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.


The legal height for transporting over the road is 13’6”.  Please choose a marina or boatyard with at least 14’
overhead clearance with 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
carrier’s trailer.  If your boat loads higher, a freight surcharge will be added to your freight amount.

The driver will perform a survey only of the exterior of the boat.  The condition of the boat will be noted 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


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 goods.

2.          Boats cannot be shipped with fuel or water in tanks.  Drain fuel and water tanks.  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, etc.

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.


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 the outside.

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 and secured.


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 carrier’s trailer for the mast.  Should
then masts 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 render the boat over height,
generally over 11’ keel to highest point not on the carrier’s trailer.

14.        On center board 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.


15.        Remove all propellers, flag masts, lights, outriggers, antennas, etc.

16.        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 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 Ken at 704-488-1595.