Boat Moving Guide
Proper preparation of your boat for transport requires careful
planning and attention to detail.
A boat that is properly prepared and well secured will serve
to protect not only the boat, but the driving public as well.
We recommend that the boat be prepared for transport by an
experienced boat yard and / or under the supervision of a
licensed marine surveyor.
References to surveyors can be found in the business directory.
1. Hatches should be tightly secured and sealed with tape
to prevent damage from wind-driven water.
2. All items in the cabin should be packed securely, and
all locker doors should be well secured.
......Normally, the driver won't have a key, so any loose
items will cause problems.
3. Be sure your Salon Doors are secured.
4. The batteries should be disconnected and the cables tied
off to prevent contact.
5. If you can't be there when your boat is being loaded be
sure to request the marina or the surveyor to sign ....off
on inspection prior to your boat being loaded.
Why Shrink Wrap Your Boat ?
It's no secret that boats left exposed to harsh weather
like Florida's sun and rain will eventually deteriorate. shrink
wrapping keeps your boat in exactly the same condition as
the day it was wrapped.
Shrink wrap provides a tight smooth form fitting, heat sealed
surface secured around the boat which will prevent water from
pooling and protect your boats gel-coat finish from chafing
that occurs from boats covered by tarps and canvas. For more
information visit the business directory scroll down to the
category and click on the link.
6. If you have a cradle for transporting your boat, please
inspect it carefully for fit, strength, and structural ......integrity.
We will not assume any responsibility for damages that result
from the failure of your cradle.
7. The same applies if we transport your boat on your trailer,
and your trailer fails.
8. If you are moving a sailboat with a centerboard, please
be sure that the board is strongly secured so that it ......will
stay in the full "up" position.
9. After transport, the keel on sailboats will often appear
to show signs of separation at the hull. This is not .....structural
damage, but rather cracks in the paint or sealant.
10. For wooden boats, we recommend that they be transported
on their own custom cradle. This is suggested ........because
there may be inherent structural weaknesses that are not readily
visible. A well designed cradle will .......spread the weight
of the boat over a much wider contact area.