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Associated Boat Transport

It is important to understand that once loaded on the truck the boat will be moving at highway speeds of 55 mph or more, and that the truck may well encounter head or cross winds in excess of 50 mph. Resulting winds over the deck can exceed 100 mph. Rain, snow, and hail, are common occurrences. The boat itself is designed to withstand these conditions but accessories, including canvas, rigging, flying-bridge windshields, electronics and more are not able to stand up to the effects of these elements. With this in mind, we recommend the following steps be taken when prepping the boat.

INTERIOR
1. Put everything away as if you were going to be in a storm. Modern air-ride trailers give the boat a much better ride than when you are in a storm, but this is a good way to pack the boat. Doors, drawers, windows, portholes, and hatches should be secured, locked and taped shut.
2. Disconnect the batteries
3. If there is a possibility of encountering freezing temperatures (remember the mountains), winterize the boat.  This includes: drain the all fresh water systems and add antifreeze to the engine cooling system.

EXTERIOR
1. Any canvas covers, or other exterior canvas or tarps must be removed and stored inside.
2. Make sure all accessory items like horns, speakers, spotlights, etc. are well secured. If removed cover the screw holes with tape.
3. Remove all required items. This may include props, rudders, venturi wind screens, arches, etc.

OUTBOARD MOTORS, PROPS, DINGHY
1. Remove the outboard motor and store inside
2. Dinghys will be removed from the cabin top, davits, or transom-step mounts and carried on the trailers' goose neck.

PERSONAL EFFECTS
1. You are shipping a boat, it’s contents ride along as extra baggage. Anything inside such as personal effects, electronics, fishing gear etc. may stay; but be aware the carrier is not insuring and is not responsible for any interior items and if overweight, the cost will go up.

TRAILERS AND CRADLES
1. If the boat is on a trailer it must fit well and be tied to the trailer.
2. The yacht trailer acts as a cradle.  Shipping cradles are not needed. If you have one, it needs to fit the exact contour of the hull. Cradles increase the height of the boat and we recommend not transporting them as it will add to the cost.
3. All attaching devices (winches, ropes, wire, etc.) must be in good condition and able to secure the boat. Their failure will likely cause damage which is not the carriers liability.
4. Damage caused by cradles, trailers, or attaching devices supplied by the shipper are not the responsibility of the carrier. We will however, do all we can to avoid or prevent damage caused by these items.

FLYING BRIDGES
1. Flying bridges which are removed can be placed anywhere they fit well on the boat or on the poop deck of the trailer. If on the boat, pad the bottom of the bridge well with carpet then tie securely to the boat. If on the poop deck of the trailer a wood frame under the edges of the bridge are necessary to protect these edges.
2. Remove the venturi windshield
3. Tape over any screw holes.


SHRINKWRAP
This is a tough one. As a general rule we do not advise the use of shrinkwrap. If not properly wrapped with heavy mil material, well padded in sharp areas, it will probably rip in transit. If we cannot repair the rip (we carry shrinkwrap tape), we must remove it and throw it away. It will cause severe damage anywhere it is flapping in a very short period of time.


MAST
1. Remove all shrouds, stays, spreaders and external halyards. Mark them and pack them inside the boat.
2. Remove antennas, wind instruments, mast headlights and the like.
3. Coil wire rigging singly and mark and store in boat.
4. Coil rod rigging and mark. It will be stored on the bed of the trailer.
5. Internal halyards should be removed. If they are left on they should be we wrapped and taped to the mast.
6. Do not put the mast on top of the boat. There is a high degree of probability of bending the pulpits and or damaging hatches. We will carry them in special padded holders alongside the boat.
7. Winches are normally ok to leave on. Larger boats may need them removed due to height.


PAINTED MASTS
These need special attention as they are very susceptible to chaffing damage.
1. Wrap them well with at least two layers of bubble wrap or rug with the nap towards the mast. Do not use regular visqueen, it only holds out water and is to thin to prevent chaffing.
2. Be careful not to allow any objects between the wrapping and the mast (i.e. shrouds, wires, ect.). Vibration can cause chaffing damage even through the padding.

EXCEPTION: ROLLER FURLING SYSTEMS
These are best kept on the mast to avoid kinking. Pad the mast first, then lay the foil on the padding. If the mast is deck stepped it will probably shorter then the furling system. If so, insert a 2x4 or like piece of wood in the butt end of the mast long enough to extend the mast past the drum so as to support the furling and drum. Tape this all together padding the drum well. Tape every two feet or so down the mast to hold the foil firmly to the mast. Pad extra well where any winches, cleats or other items are on the mast. With a keel stepped mast, the furling system will be shorter then the mast, the extension as just described is not necessary. Where the drum hits the mast use extra padding between drum and mast.

HELPFUL HINT:
When using duct tape, make the first wrap tight with the sticky side up away from the mast. Then make a couple of wraps with the sticky sides towards one another. This will help prevent the adhesive from pulling varnish or paint off of the mast and avoid the need to clean adhesive off the mast. Used rug can be obtained free from any carpet stores garbage bin.

DODGERS AND CANVAS
Remove dodger bows and canvas as well as any other exterior canvas and store below.

INSURANCE AND LIABILITY
By law, all boat transportation companies are required to carry cargo insurance. The maximum value carried by each varies greatly. Be sure the carrier’s maximum insurance coverage is greater than your boats value. If there is a loss, you are only entitled to the cost of repair or the boats actual value. Ask the carrier for specific coverage and policy exclusions. They can be very different.
To get maximum coverage it is advisable to have a Transportation Rider attached to your yacht policy.
The shipper needs to be aware that the carrier does not warrant the condition, integrity, craftsmanship, or packing of any part of the boat. Damage attributed to the above items as well as wind and weather damage is not covered by the carrier.

If you have any other questions, we will be happy to try and answer them.



Mast Prep Example