Ship Your Boat Now Boat Prep Tips

Boat Transport SailboatWhen utilizing Ship Your Boat Now to transport your vessel, it’s important to properly prepare the boat to ensure that it has a safe and smooth delivery. Ship Your Boat Now is a beneficial service that helps boat owners saves on wear and tear on the actual boat as well as its equipment.

With our extensive history of working with truckers, boaters, shippers, port personnel, DOT, permit agencies, marinas, and boatyards, our clients find themselves having fewer delays and greater payload security. We’re able to ship your boat in an effective and timely manner.

Before a safe, secure, and on-time boat delivery and transport can be assured by us, the boat owner should start the preparation process. This step involves meticulous planning and preparation so that the boat can be transported quickly and efficiently. As a boat transport service, we do everything we can to make sure your vessel reaches its destination safely. It’s also vital that the boat owner invest some time in preparing the boat for its journey to ensure its safety.

We do not prepare boats for transport. This is the responsibility of the boat owner to make sure that everything is in order before we ever place it on our transport vehicle. Owners should have the vessel completely prepared prior to our drivers coming to pick it up. If you do not have your vessel properly prepared to ship at the time of pickup, a fee could be imposed for unnecessary delays.

If you need assistance with prepping or de/re-commissioning your vessel, we can certainly help with connecting you to a full-service marina, boatyard, marine surveyor, or captain to meet your specific boat hauling needs.

Important tips when preparing your vessel for transport


General TipsBoat Transport Service

  • Before you ship your boat on a boat transport vehicle, make sure that everything is totally secure. It doesn’t matter how far the boat is being transported, you should secure it as if you were crossing the ocean. Anything that may extend beyond the hull and could come loose and cause damage during the transport should be secured and tied down. Items that should either be removed or properly secured include exterior electronics, anchors, antennas, flagstaffs, any valuables, propellers, outriggers, canvas, screens, weatherboards, drain plugs, radar transmitters, dinghies, hailers, and Isinglass.
  • Drain the water tanks. If it is winter, make sure to drain the water systems as well as the air conditioners and pumps.
  • Disconnect the batteries and tie off all cables to prevent contact. Secure the engine hatch and check for any other loose items that could become loose during the haul.
  • A wooden boat may benefit from a linseed oil treatment prior to shipping to properly protect it from the environment.
  • Make sure that your vessel is adequately protected if anything happens to go wrong. Discuss the insurance options with your logistics coordinator and be sure to understand your coverage on the boat.
  • Be sure to provide very detailed specs of your vessel. Failure to supply accurate dimensions will severely handicap us in giving you an accurate quote of price and time.
  • Dimensions

  • Length: When measuring the overall length of the boat, be sure to include bow pulpits, swim platforms, outboard motors and outboard motor brackets. If the motors or out drives are in the raised position be sure to include that within the measurement. If the boat is on a trailer, please include the distance from the tip of the trailer tongue to the end of the motor or outdrive. Many overpasses have a maximum height of 13 feet 6 inches. If your vessel has an overall height greater than that, your delivery will require special handling and routing which will incur an additional cost.
  • Height: Before shipping your boat. measure the overall height from the bottom of the keel to the highest non-removable part of the vessel. The draft plus clearance equals the total or overall height. If the bridge can be removed then measure the vessel without the bridge, but please provide the bridge dimensions as well to ensure proper pricing and transport.
  • Beam/Width: Measure the beam and width at the widest part of the boat including any attachments. If your vessel is wider than 8 feet 6 inches, then it most likely will qualify as an oversize load and require special permits.
  • Once you properly prepare your vessel you can sit back, relax, and rest knowing that Ship Your Boat Now has your vessel in good hands.

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