Whether you’re moving your family boat across the country, or are making a beeline for the latest yacht race; transporting your boat can seem overwhelming. At Door to Door we’ve moved many boats from point A to B and know a thing or two about making your life easier when it comes to transporting your boat interstate. Read on for five tips that will make moving your boat a stress-free process!
1. Have a clean out
Just like moving house, moving your boat requires a thorough clean inside and out. You’ll want to empty out any loose objects you have stored above and below deck including:
- Household items such as kitchen and bathroom supplies
- Spare ropes and water gear
- Fishing gear
- Anything flammable such as gas tanks and emergency flares
Having a good cleanout will not only make the boat lighter, but will reduce the risk of any damage occurring from objects falling and coming loose. Draining any excess fuel and water from all tanks and pumps in the tank is a necessary step for keeping your boat safe and lightweight during moving.
2. Batten down the hatches
Now that you have emptied all loose belonging out of your boat, you will still need to make everything else as secure as possible. Secure all hatches and windows with tape or rope and ensure that you disconnect all batteries with the cables stored safely. While your boat may be out of the water, that doesn’t eliminate the chances of water getting in. Make sure everything is sealed tightly enough to avoid any water damage that can occur from potential rain.
3. Know your boat like the back of your hand
You will need to check your boat for any existing damage, prior to transportation. Take photos and document any marks or areas that aren’t in top shape. This is simply a security measure that is taken with all courier companies. We pride ourselves in taking special care of your boat throughout the entire moving process, with a record of happy customers. We will make sure no harm comes to it of our accord, but it’s always best to get existing damages fixed before travel.
4. Size matters
While your boat is on a trailer, it’s the perfect time to get the measuring tape out and start making a note of dimensions! Not only is this crucial for your transport company, but also for the marina or garage where your boat will live.
5. Small is best
You can cut down on your overall dimensions by removing any radars and antennas that protrude from your boat. These are often quick and easy to remove and can save you the headache of dealing with potential repairs down the track. For sailboats, masts will need to be unstepped and wrapped in a blanket for maximum protection. Unstepping a mast is a more time-consuming task that you will want to research and do correctly to ensure your mast stays in the best condition possible.