Prepare Your Boat for Shipping
If you need to move your boat to another location and the way to go is not through water, you may be perplexed and scratching your head, wondering what the best way is to do so without causing any damage to your boat or causing traffic jams in the process. Boat shipping is your best route and it is affordable, convenient and easy when you deal with the right company. However, just like shipping a vehicle, you need to keep a few considerations in mind in terms of preparing your boat for shipping. This not only ensures that the boat will be moved in a timely fashion, but also that the boat will come back to you in the same condition in which it was originally shipped.
Find your loading spot
When you are preparing for boat shipping, the first thing you need to do is find the perfect spot in which to load it. This applies to those that don’t simply store their boats in their backyards. Locate the nearest boatyard or marina and utilize their loading and unloading area for boat shipping purposes. Work with your transport company to find the perfect marina if you don’t already have one in mind.
Prep Your Boat
When you are shipping your boat, keep a few things in mind in terms of prep:
- Close the hatches and secure them with by tying them or even taping them if need be.
- Secure anything on the deck that may be loose or come loose during the jostling of the boat during the transport process, including loading, unloading and transit.
- Drain the fuel from the boat. This is a necessary step to ensure the safety of the transport driver and one that many people often overlook.
- Drain all water from the boat, including from water systems, any pumps on the boat and any water tanks you may have. This is particularly crucial during the winter months, when any water left behind can cause significant damage to your system.
- Close all cabin windows, if you have a cabin on your boat.
- Secure the boat by locking the cabin and any windows that may lock as well. Since the transport company is not responsible for your personals, remove everything you can from the boat ahead of transport. Keep the key with you during travel so that you are assured of the security of the interior of your boat.
- Remove external accessories such as radars, to avoid would-be thieves and potential damage during boat shipping.
Wear and Tear
A good thing to remember for boat shipping is that during transport, it will endure winds higher than what it is used to, particularly when traversing the various interstates and highways. This doesn’t mean your boat will sustain serious damage, but you will notice when it is returned to you. Keep this in mind and expect some wear and tear on the boat as a result, mainly in the form of more dust and dirt picked up during travel.