Ways to transport you boat
If you’re lucky enough to own a boat there may come a point when you want to move her to a new location. If this is the case, you will need to consider hiring a boat transport company. So make sure transport goes smooth sailing by following this simple guide! Before you know it, a boat courier will be knocking at your door for your boat delivery service.
When you have decided you need to move your boat, you will have to choose from two options:
Hiring a professional skipper. In this scenario, your boat will use effectively transport itself, helmed by a professional skipper who will use existing waterways . Using a professional skipper may be the most suitable option if retrieving your boat internationally, over a very long distance. However, this option is often the more costly of the two and will likely take longer than transporting the boat over land.
Boat Transporter.boat transport services specialise in boat transportation, so are able to provide the necessary care and equipment that is paramount to a successful move. Where roads are available (i.e. on domestic/European moves) this is likely to be the cheapest and easiest option.
Selecting a Boat transport service
Firstly, you will need to select a boat transport service . These businesses range from larger, commercial boat transporters to small family-run businesses, so prices vary significantly. Although you will want to get a good selection of quotes from boat transporters, you will need to think of experience and quality in addition to the price charged. This will require a little research on your part. Choosing a cheap courier is not always a smart choice, especially with expensive items like a boat.
Ensure your boat transport service has adequate experience and insurance to cover the cost of the boat and all eventualities. Always ask to see the insurance policy, and never accept “personal” insurance.
Remember to discuss all aspects of the transportation with the selected company. This includes pickup times, routes, drop-off times and whether cranes will be required at either end. Try to arrange drop-off during daylight hours, and when the recipient will be present, so the exterior of the boat can be expected.
Ensure that your boat is ready for transport before your transporter arrives. It will often take the best part of a day to fully prepare a boat for transport. If preparation of the boat involves any form of dismantlement, it may be useful to take photographs to make reassembly easier.
Here’s a small checklist of things to prepare prior to transport:
Make sure all your personal property is taken off and other loose articles are removed.
Lock all the doors, cupboards and hatches – if they cannot be locked, tie and tape them shut.
When the boat is being transported a relatively long distance, you should double check that exterior hatches are sealed if they are not waterproof.
Drain all fuel and water tanks, and disconnect batteries.
Cold weather can often damage water systems, so if your boat is transported during the Winter period, makes sure to drain the air conditioning and pumps.
Any external structures (including electronic equipment or radar units) should be removed if possible and padded.
Finally, make a written record of all damage/wear of the boat prior to transportation. Take photographs of the boat from all angles, so should any damage occur during transport, it can easily be proven that it occurred during transportation. Although the boat transport company will also most likely survey the boat, ensure they sign your version prior to departure.
After boat transport
Inspect the boat carefully, as soon as possible, in order to identify any damage. Should any damage have occurred, contact your boat delivery company immediately to avoid any complications.
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