Boat Preparation Guide

This boat preparation guide was compiled to assist you, the boat owner, in properly preparing and securing the boat for overland transportation. Please make every effort to prepare the boat according to these guidelines. Oversee the preparation yourself or have a qualified yard do so. Albert Logistics, Inc. cannot be held liable for any loss or damage to cargo or equipment that occurs due to improper preparation or loading by the shipper or for faulty or defective cradles, trailers, chains, binders, or other equipment used by the shipper to secure the cargo. Remember, your boat will be traveling at highway speeds so anything not secure can and will blow around. 

BASICS

  • ŸStow and secure all loose gear. All gear stored below must be well secured. We will not accept responsibility for loss or damage caused by loose gear. Lock the cabin. You keep the key. Boat gear only; we cannot ship household goods.
  • Drain fuel and water tanks. Remove any drain plugs from the hull. There should not be any water in the bilge during transport. During winter months, water should be drained from water systems, pumps, air conditioners, etc.
  • Disconnect batteries and secure. Remove anchors from the deck. Remove seat cushions.
  • ŸClean boat bottoms. They must be free of any growth, especially zebra mussels. You may experience excessive road dirt or other residues from road construction. We will not accept responsibility for clean-up from this. Wooden boats can be expected to dry out. A coat of linseed oil will help.

CANVAS/SHRINK WRAP

  • Remove all canvas it will tear or fly off in transit. We will ship a shrink-wrapped boat; however, the shrink wrap may tear or fly off in transit.

CRADLES/TRAILERS/DINGHY

  • Inspect all cradles carefully for loose bolts or weakness of any kind. If your cradle breaks in transit, causing damage to your boat, we cannot accept responsibility. If you are shipping your boat on its own trailer, we cannot accept responsibility should the rollers or frame cause damage or if the trailer breaks apart, causing damage. If you are shipping a dink on board or if you have had to remove any superstructure, these items should be well padded. DO NOT leave the dinghy on davits.

ALUMINUM STRUCTURES/TOWERS

  • ŸEnsure that any aluminum structure or tower is able to withstand the rigors of overland transport. We will not be responsible for the integrity of the construction on any aluminum structure or tower that may suffer damage due to vibration or flexing during transport.

EXTERNAL ACCESSORIES

  • Remove all electronics, radars, horns, antennas, propellers, flag masts, lights, anchor lights, windshields, cushions, etc., pack securely, and securely store below. We will not be responsible if any items of this nature are damaged or if they vibrate or fly off.

HATCHES

  • Tie and/or tape hatches from the outside. We cannot be responsible for them or damage they may cause if they blow off in transit or for damage to the boat caused by rain water if a hatch blows off.
  • ŸSeal the hatches and decks. A boat will not sit in the same position on our trailer as it does in the water and we cannot be responsible for rain water entering through a leaky hatch or deck.

WINDOWS/WINDSHIELDS/WEATHER BOARDS/WINDSCREENS

  • ŸLatch cabin windows and tape them from the outside. Any canvas or fiberglass weather boards or windscreens must be removed.
  • ŸRemove all windshields and/or Plexiglas that protrude over the flying bridge, pack with a cargo blanket, and secure below.

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR SAILBOATS

  • Ÿ Remove radar, rigging, winches, wind indicators, and lights from the mast. Carpet should be provided for the mast at the points of tie down. Expect some chafing at these points. If the mast is painted, it is almost impossible to keep the paint from chafing. Albert Logistics, Inc. will not pay to repaint masts if chafing occurs. Do not secure the mast to the boat, as there is a space on our trailer for the mast. 
  • Ÿ Remove life lines, stanchions, bow, and stern pulpits if they render the boat over height: Ensure the board is secured and will stay up in transit on center board sailboats. Keel sailboats may expect some separation where the keel joins the hull. This is not structural damage but rather is the paint or filler cracking at the joint. Light built or racing sailboats can expect some hull indentation from the support pads. These indentations generally disappear when the boat is returned to the water.

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR POWERBOATS

  • ŸRemove all propellers, flag masts, lights, outriggers, antennae, windshields, etc
  • Remove all lights, wheels, masts, and windshields that protrude over the bridge, if your powerboat is low enough to ship with the flying bridge on, All Plexiglas should be removed and packed below with a cargo blanket. If your powerboat is not low enough to ship with the flying bridge on, you will have to have a cradle built for the bridge to be shipped in on the forward deck or cockpit area. Every point touching the deck or rails must be sufficiently padded. Remove all electronics and valuable items from the bridge, pack securely, and store below.