Important Tips when Preparing Your Boat for Transport
Sometimes when you go on a fishing break, you need to rent a boat for the duration of your trip. However, transporting your own boat from one location to another is increasingly becoming popular and cheaper. The following article addresses the vital steps that you need to undertake if you decide to take your own boat on your fishing holiday.
- Tip #1: When preparing your boat for transport, it’s important to secure everything. No matter how far your boat is travelling, you should secure it as if you crossing the sea with it. Secure anything that goes past the hull and anything that could come loose and cause damage during the journey. Secure hatches with tape to avoid leaks and possible water damage and latch all cabin windows. Also remember to tape interior cabinet doors shut, securely close the cabin doors and lock all exterior doors.
- Tip #2: Find a reputable and experienced boat transportation company a good place to start would be a website like uShip. Make sure the boat transporters you select offers insurance that will adequately protect your vessel if anything should go wrong.
- Tip #3: Inform the boat transporter of your vessel’s specs in advance. Make sure measurements are accurate, because they will allocate space for your boat according to the information given by you. Also bear in mind; they will want to know your boat’s actual weight – not the Tonnage.
- Tip #4: Inspect your boat for damages and take pictures to document any that already exist. Also, if you dismantle any parts to fit size requirements or prevent them from getting damaged, be sure to take pictures of their location and set-up.
- Tip #5: Remove all personal items from the cabin and store any breakables in a safe place. As often the boat transporter’s insurance will not cover these items.
- Tip #6: Protect the outside of your yacht form dirt, with shrink-wrap. However, if the boat is too large to cover completely, just stick to the most vulnerable areas such as teak and non-skid surfaces. Also cover all stainless steel and chrome fittings or apply an insulator wax to this exposed metal.
- Tip #7: When the boat is handed over to the transporter make sure it’s as light as possible. Empty all fuel and water tanks as much as possible. Remove anchors from the deck, remove drain plugs from the hull and make sure there is no water in the bilge. You may also want to flush and sanitize your tanks with a chlorine bleach solution.
- Tip #8: Power down everything, unplug your batteries and store your cables to prevent any contact. You don’t want dead batteries when your vessel is offloaded at your destination.
These are several important steps you need to take to ensure smooth sailing for your vessel. However, once you do the preliminary work you are free to sit back, relax and rest assured knowing that your yacht is in good hands.