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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.