Preparing your boat for transportation ensures delivery will run smoothly and on time.

The following preparation should be carried out by the owner, boatyard or owner’s agent prior to the day of transport. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Preparing your boat for transport:

  • Remove all covers and canopies. Although they may be alright on a mooring in gale-force winds, crosswinds on the motorway make them come loose. Any covers left on are done so at your own risk. If we deem any covers and/or canopies to be dangerous, we reserve the right to remove them.
  • All warps and fenders should be stowed away safely.
  • Outdrives legs (if applicable) should be fully raised to beach position.
  • Aerials should be folded down, hatches made secure and boat hooks stowed away.
  • Depending on the size of the vessel and where it’s going to be delivered, the following may need to be stowed away: propellers, rudders, radar arch, light masts and screens.
  • Tenders on davits. In some cases, these can be left attached, but they will need to be made very secure and suitably packed to avoid any chafing.
  • It’s recommended that you switch off water, gas, electric and fuel supplies.
  • Water and fuel tanks should be drained to help keep the load weight to a minimum.
  • Remove any hazardous materials.
  • Down below, stow away any loose items or remove from the vessel. Make sure all doors, cupboards and drawers are secure.
  • The usual loaded height restriction in the UK is 16’5”/5 meters. In cases where height of the load needs minimising, we may ask that aerials, domes, lights, navigation masts and radar arches are removed prior to loading.
  • We will advise if windscreens, props and rudders need to be removed for safe travel.
  • You may wish to organise sheeting of your vessel to protect it from inevitable road spray throughout the journey.

Because all boats are slightly different, even the same model of boat can vary in height as extras are attached during her life. Therefore, please feel free to call us prior to the move date, so that between us we can decide what will need to be removed.

All movements with Shoreline – Interboat are insured and covered under RHA conditions of carriage 2009 and CMR terms and conditions. This isn’t always a given in the industry but we consider it to be an important part of our service.

If you have any questions about preparing your boat for transportation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You may also find the documents helpful:

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