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Moving Your Boat

In order to safely transport your boat you'll need to make the proper preparations. It is your responsibility to have your boat ready for the move; boat transport companies don't usually do that for you. If you are not sure what to do and don't have much time you can hire a professional to do the job. Otherwise follow these guidelines to ensure your boat gets to its new destination without damage:
  • Any item extending beyond the specified for your vessel parameters should be removed and secured inside the boat. These include anchors, antennas, propellers, canvas, etc.
  • Drain fuel and water tanks.
  • Disconnect the battery cables and turn the battery switch off.
  • Remove or secure loose items such as cups, plates, toys, and other personal belongings.
  • Secure curtains and seat cushions.
  • Remove all personal possessions such as cash, jewelry, and other valuables.
  • Windshields should be stored and secured below. Cabin windows should be taped from outside.
  • Inspect all items in the interior cabin and make sure nothing is loose as these will cause damage in the process of transporting.
  • Remove the plug.
  • If you're moving in the winter you'll have to winterize the engine, water systems and any other temperature-sensitive device.
  • Shrink wrap is a good way to protect your vessel while moving. However, if done incorrectly it may tear and cause damage to the boat.
  • All items on the deck should be properly secured.
  • Secure hatches and locker doors.
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