Preparing for a Professional Boat Transport by Road

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Preparing for a Professional Boat Transport by Road

Whenever you buy boat shipping services through a professional transporter, you’ll need to prepare the vessel. Shipping companies usually have standard preparation requirements that they expect their customers to complete before the day of transport.

This is to protect the boat and those conducting its transport. This is an important part of a successful boat transport.


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Typical Preparation Procedure.

  • Remove any hazardous materials.
  • Secure all hatches. You should tape or tie them down for further reinforcement. The seal should be tight enough to keep water out.
  • Close and lock all windows, doors and other similar attachments that could possibly open.
  • Take out any valuable items such as electronics and anchors.
  • Disengage batteries and anything powered by electrical or gas.
  • Document any damages that the vessel suffers from. Take pictures of the interior and exterior to have proof of the boat’s condition before the transport.
  • If the boat is transported during winter months, have it winterized. Drain all water. This includes checking all pumps, water systems, and air conditioners.
  • Secure any loose gear and cables inside the boat or out on the deck.
  • Remove or lower anything that raises the height of the boat past 13.5ft.
  • Have all requested documentation compiled and ready for the transporter.
  • Help the boat look its best by cleaning it thoroughly before the transport.

If the boat is improperly prepared, you will likely be held responsible for any damages that occur during the shipping process. The insurance coverage provided won’t acknowledge a claim if the boat wasn’t secured and prepped according to standard. Most transporters will assess the vessel before they start fastening it to the hauler they used to pick it up. If they notice anything worth addressing, they’ll let you know so that it can be resolved.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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