following guidelines should be considered in the preparation of a
powerboat for transportation. The bottom of the boat needs to be
clean with all growth, etc having been removed, preferably by pressure
- Make sure that the windshield is strong
enough to withstand the rigors of travel and that it is attached
securely. When in doubt then remove it prior to
transport. Frameless plexiglass windshields should be
removed due to possibility of
breaking. Venturi's with solid frames should be
removed to prevent cracking around the fastening holes. Close all
windows and hatches
and lock down so
that they will not come open during the trip.
- Preferably the water tanks should be drained and ideally the holding
tank pumped out prior to the trip. The fuel tank(s) can be left
with fuel in it in the smaller boats. If the
boat exceeds 30,000-35,000 lbs, the fuel tanks need to be drained.
- Anchors should be secured so they can withstand the rigors of travel
and do not cause damage during transit. This can be on the
anchor roller on the bow of the boat when feasible.
- Dodger, biminis, awnings, etc need to be removed
and stowed in the cabin. The frames should be tied and secured
such that there is no movement and no scratching of the
metal. Any other canvas on deck such as hatch covers should be
stowed. All instrument covers need to be removed
- Secure everything in the cabin so there would not be
any damage during transit.
- Any inboard/outboard motors should be raised and locked in
position. A further safety measure would be to securely attach a 2
x 4 between the out-drive and bracket. Outboard
motors should be raised and locked securely so there will not be any
movement during transportation.
- The allowable height in most states is 13.5' for transit without a
special permit and the need for a pole car. Things that will
decrease the height of a powerboat would be radar arches
being removed, removal of flybridge, radar, propeller(s) and running
Occassionally removal of the shaft is necessary.
Transportation cost is significantly less if the boat can travel
without requiring a pole car.
- Lock the entry access to the boat on exiting so that it remains
closed during the trip. Remove any items from the rails and
on deck that could vibrate loose, blow around and be
damaged or damage the boat. Shut the propane tank off at the
tank. Pump out the
bilge so that it is dry. If the boat is being
transported during the winter the engine and the air conditioning
sytems need to be winterized.
The thing to remember is that during transit the exterior of your boat
will be exposed to near hurricane force winds and she needs to be
prepared so that everything is secured and tied down for a safe and
uneventful trip. We hope that the above is helpful in knowing
what is involved in preparing your powerboat and please contact us at
252.249.2001 if you have any questions and we will be happy to assist
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be of service.