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Important Information On Preparing A Boat For Overland Shipment
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These Are General Tips For Safely Transporting Your Boat Or Yacht. Each Transport Is Unique &  Involves Discussion Among
CMT Staff, The Boat Owner, The Driver, & The Marinas Involved. CMT’s Many Years Experience Give You The Comfort Of Having
A Professional Team To insure A Safe Delivery Of Your Boat.
 All personal and craft items such as galley utensils, plates, cups, anchors, antennas, propellers, flagstaffs, etc,should be properly
secured, preferably in locked area.
All electronics such as radios, compasses, depth sounders, etc. should be shipped separately or removed and secured inside the craft.
All ports, cabin doors, hatches and windows should be locked shut and the locking devices taped over. It is also recommended hatches
be taped from the outside to prevent wind driven rain from entering a leaking hatch.
To prevent water or wind damage to cloth or canvas covers, tops and curtains should be removed and stored prior to shipment.
Personal belongings and equipment should be itemized and verified by our driver prior to shipment. Cushions, grills, deck chairs, etc
should be battened down securely.
For safety and legal reasons, fuel and water tanks should be no more than ¼ full.
Cabinets, locker doors, drawers and all lockers inside the craft should be secured shut.
Plastic/Plexiglas fly bridge windshields should be removed and stored inside the craft. They should be packed in a cargo blanket and
secured to prevent any damage.
Batteries should be disconnected and all cables tied off to prevent accidental contact.
If engine hatch covers are battery operated, they should be manually secured to prevent accidentally opening during transport.
Insure the windshield is strong enough to withstand the wind speed of overland travel. If in doubt, remove the windshield, pack it in a
cargo blanket, and safely secure it.
If you are moving your boat from a state infected with Zebra Mussels, you must thoroughly inspect the boat for all signs of possible
contamination. Inspect not only the hull, but the engine intake strainers, all fittings on the hull, the out drives, and all other possible
mussel attachment locations. Conservation Officials and DOT Inspectors are checking boats in transit for mussels and other types of
water borne contamination and, if Zebra Mussels are found, Your boat will be seized. You will have to arrange for hot water removal and
you may be required to have your boat re-launched in salt water, if your destination is a fresh water location. These type of activities,
done on the road become very expensive.

The transport of sailboats involves a few additional requirements.  All rigging, lights, mastheads, turnbuckles, antennas, mast winches,
spreaders, wind indicators, and wires should be removed from the mast. The poles should be wrapped to prevent damage. Carpet should
be provided for the mast at all transport tie-down points. If the mast is painted, it is almost impossible to prevent some “chafing” at the tie-
down points. The mast should not be secured to the boat, but carried on special mast hangers provided by the boat transporter. Bow and
stern pulpits should be removed if required to bring to height to the required level. Rudders, ladders, outboards, and other external
equipment need to be removed and properly secured and stored. Some minor paint or sealer separation where the keel joins the hull can
be expected during transport. This is not structural damage, but just a natural dry cracking that can occur during transport.  
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