Preparing Your Powerboat For Shipping

The following information is presented so that you may have a better understanding of what is involved when packing and shipping a powerboat.

It is important to understand that once loaded on the truck the boat will be moving at highway speeds of 80 to 100kph, and that the truck may well encounter head or cross winds in excess of 50 kph. Resulting winds over the deck can exceed 130 to 150 kph. The boat itself is ok for such conditions but accessories, i.e. canvas, rigging, fly-bridge windshields, electronics and the like are not able to withstand the effects of these elements.
The cabin should be locked but the keys are to travel with the truck. There are times when crossing state borders quarantine inspections will take place.
With the forgoing in mine, we recommend the following steps be taken when packing the boat for transport.

INTERIOR
1. Put everything away as if you were going to be in a storm. Modern air-ride Truck and trailers give the boat a much better ride, but this is a good way to pack the boat. Doors, drawers, windows, portholes, hatches and the like should be taped shut. Secure and lock same.
2. Disconnect the batteries
3. Stow all loose items so as not to move or rub against anything.
4. Secure or remove Flat Screen TV's from wall mounts if you think they are not secure or designed for transport.

EXTERIOR
1. Any canvas covers, or other exterior canvas 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 items required by the carrier.
4. Electronic Radar, Arial/Antennas for GPS, TV etc are notorious for being brittle with UV exposure and age. These should be removed for transport as they are not covered by the carriers insurance if they break with wind speed.
5. Disconnect the Batteries.

RIBS,DINGHYS,OUTBOARD MOTORS
1. Remove the outboard motor and store inside
2. Dinghies should be removed from the cabin top, davits, or transom-step mounts and deflated and stored or carried on the trailers front deck or on the front deck of the boat.

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. is ok. Just be aware the carrier is not insuring any interior items, or accept responsibility for them.

FUEL - WATER - BILGES

1. Please make sure bilges are dry. Try to get fuel down to a minimum and pump out fresh water and holding tanks. For larger vessels where weight is a concern, this is a MUST!

TRAILERS AND CRADLES

1. If the boat is on a trailer it must fit well and be tied to the trailer.
2. Cradles must fit the exact contour of the hull.
3. All attaching devices (winches, ropes, straps 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.
5. All Biminis storm covers etc to come off . We recommend all full boat covers are taken off and stored. Boat covers are not covered by our insurance.

FLY BRIDGES

1. Fly bridge Hard tops which are removed can be placed anywhere they fit well on the boat or with prior arrangement on the front 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 front deck of the trailer a wood frame under the edges of the bridge are necessary to protect these edges.
2. Removal of the fly bridge windscreen is recommended. They are generally UV unstable and brittle and are very exposed to wind pressure Bird Strikes and soft tree impacts. We do not accept liability if left on. Sometimes because of height we will ask that the frame supporting the windshield be removed also.
3. Tape over any screw holes.

SHRINKWRAP

This is a tough one. As a general rule we do not advise the use of shrink-wrap. 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 shrink-wrap tape), we must remove it. It will cause severe damage anywhere it is flapping in a very short period of time.

DISCONNECT THE BATTERIES

The Batteries should be disconnected and the cables tied off to prevent contact.

HULL CLEANING

Due to BIO Security hulls must be clean. Have the Marina at the time of lift or loading pressure wash the bottom and make sure all marine life is removed from through hull fittings, prop and stern leg areas. Be responsible about the movement or transfer of marine organisms from one region to another.

IN GENERAL

This is a brief guide only. Commonsense is helpful when preparing your boat. We ask for your co-operation in these preparations, so we can provide our services as professionally as possible. Our drivers are trained to load and deliver your boat to its destination. Although we expect our drivers to be courteous and helpful they are not trained marine mechanics, shipwrights or electronics technicians and we cannot expect them to work on boats for obvious reasons. Prior arrangements for work that needs to be done is greatly appreciated so our driver will not be delayed.

If you have any other questions, we will be happy to try and answer them. Please call 08 8242 4000