Please select your home edition
Edition
BandG Zeus3 AUS 728x90

How to safely truck your boat over the road

by BoatUS on 5 Nov 2013
On large sailboats, bow and stern rails as well as stanchions may have to be removed if the boat is particularly tall. On large powerboats, the flybridge will have to be taken off and potentially shipped separately. Joule Yacht Transport http://www.jouleyacht.com/
This past year, Steffen Schmidt wanted to move his 37-foot sailboat from Seattle to Rhode Island. Schmidt was not unfamiliar with hiring boat transportation services, and had done it once before with no issues. But this time was different: the boat was delivered in Wickford, Rhode Island with its mast gashed and mangled; the prop and cutlass bearing damaged.

Then problems occurred in getting compensated for the damages. How can a boat owner looking to transport their boat over the road avoid an experience like Schmidt's? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has four tips:

1. Find a boat transportation specialist: It's best to use a shipper that specializes in boat transport. Request copies of DOT or state license documents and cargo insurance - reluctance to provide this information is reason enough to look elsewhere. You can also check a company's history of inspections, crashes and the status of commercial carriers' licenses here. Had Schmidt checked here, he would have found his shipper had high percentage of failed truck inspections - a red flag. All transportation agreements should be in writing, with complete information about costs, taxes, tariffs, scheduling, security, and pickup and delivery locations, as well as rules about refunds for cancellations or delays. Make sure you read and understand the shipper's contract.

2. Prepare the boat for shipping: 'When shipping overland, most insurance claims come from poor preparation - not from hitting bridges,' says BoatUS Director of Consumer Affairs Charles Fort. Consider that your boat may be traveling down the highway in hurricane-force winds and experience road vibration for days. To help prepare, Fort strongly advises boat owners use an experienced prepper and consider hiring a marine surveyor for the loading and arrival of the boat, as they know load points and can also document damage. Also take lots of pictures with the date imprinted, just in case you need prove your case for compensation.

3. If something does go wrong, document it: It's the boat owner's responsibility to document any damage upon arrival and unloading. Don't let a trucker depart without acknowledging in writing any damage on the 'condition of cargo' documents and share copies. This is where more photos can help your case. And call your insurance company immediately if any damage is noted.

4. A word about online bidding websites: The BoatUS Consumer Protection Bureau has received numerous complaints from members who used bid-type clearinghouses to find transportation service providers. For a fee, the websites allow you to enter your information and receive bids from several transport providers. Unfortunately, the websites don't verify or validate the claims about experience, insurance coverage, and licensure made by trucking companies that are bidding for your business. They also won't help if you have problems with the shipper. If you decide to use such a service, use the same diligence you would if you called a shipper directly. BoatUS members have access to the BoatUS Consumer Protection Complaint Database and can also check for any record of complaints.
To see more detailed information on boat transport, go to BoatUS.com/boattransport.
Beneteau SAIL Oceanis 51 and 57 660x82 1Barz Optics - Melanin LensesBIA 2017 Adelaide 660x82 Sailing

Related Articles

Twenty-second blog from Jon Sanders - Starved for any news of world
When Magellan entered the Pacific from the Straight that bears his name it was pleasingly calm. When Magellan entered the Pacific from the Straight that bears his name it was pleasingly calm. He named the Pacific. 'Pacific'. Anything but. (So it can be). Except today, yesterday and probably tomorrow. Frustrating. No not at all. Quiet gentle wind 7/8 knots sometimes 9/10. Paul Stratfold has routed me into the west going current.
Posted today at 7:25 am
The Bridge – Arriving into New York on the 1st July
The 345m Cunard flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 will race some of the world’s fastest yachts from France to America. Two thousand seven hundred passengers will board this historical ocean liner to race against the world's fastest trimarans helmed by the worlds best skippers: Macif (François Gabart), Sodebo (Thomas Coville), Actual (Yves le Blévec), IDEC (Francis Joyon).
Posted on 21 Jun
Dismasted solo sailor Lisa to complete Antarctic Circumnavigation
Sydney- based solo sailor and adventurer Lisa Blair (32) will recommence her attempt to circumnavigate Antarctica She has spent the past two months preparing Climate Action Now so that she can complete her circumnavigation, including the installation of a new mast and repairs to the hull and electrical and navigation systems sustained during her dramatic dismasting.
Posted on 11 Jun
Race for Water – A key player in fight against plastic pollution
Race for Water Foundation is drawing attention to the need for concerted action against the plastic pollution To mark World Oceans Day on June 8, 2017, the Race for Water Foundation is drawing attention to the need for concerted action against the plastic pollution that is swamping our oceans.
Posted on 7 Jun
B&G® introduces V20 VHF radio
Providing users easy and intuitive operation, the V20 includes a high-quality, high contrast black-on-white display Providing users easy and intuitive operation, the V20 includes a high-quality, high contrast black-on-white display that is clearly visible in bright sunlight. Nighttime visibility has also been optimized, with an inverted white-on-black night mode to reduce light emission and preserve night vision.
Posted on 3 Jun
Twentieth blog from on board Perie Banou II - The Panama Canal
As you are probably aware Perie Banou 2 was to depart Shelter Bay Marina, Colon - Atlantic end of the canal As you are probably aware Perie Banou 2 was to depart Shelter Bay Marina, Colon - Atlantic end of the canal, Monday 22nd May 2017 this year. Well I didn't. Went Tuesday. Why? Don't know. You get that. Same with two other yachts. The three yachts did the transit Tuesday. The other yachts was a French owned Lagoon 50 (ft) catamaran and a New Zealand owned Royal New Zealand Yacht Club 44.5 Beneteau.
Posted on 2 Jun
North Sails launches revolutionary polyester cruising product
3Di NORDAC is an innovative product that marries patented 3Di shape holding technology with polyester sails. North Sails, the worldwide leader in sailmaking, introduces the latest application of their patented 3Di technology - a revolutionary cruising sail made of 100% polyester fiber. 3Di NORDAC is an innovative product that marries patented 3Di shape holding technology with the toughness and affordability of polyester sails. Tailored for small to medium sized cruising boats...
Posted on 1 Jun
Carl Crafoord – Getting it right.
31 times, Carl Crafoord has turned right on Boxing Day. You learn a bit when you undertake the iconic bluewater event. 31 times, Carl Crafoord has turned right on Boxing Day. You learn a bit when you undertake Australia’s totally iconic bluewater event. Equally, when you’ve done it that many times, you’ve seen as many changes to the boats, sails, and crew, as there have been in weather. For one race is never the same. It’s a bit like saying 31x1, as opposed to 1x31. The answer might be same...
Posted on 1 Jun
AMSA marine notice – Importance of using official nautical charts
This notice draws attention to the importance of using official nautical charts to comply with flag State requirements. Official charts are those issued by or on the authority of a government, authorised hydrographic office or other relevant government institution.
Posted on 24 May
Line 7 Marine presents Squadron II jacket in time for SCIBS
The Squadron II Jacket is now on shelves and has been designed to keep the wearer on the water for longer. The Squadron II Jacket is now on shelves and has been designed specifically to keep the wearer on the water for longer. It’s crafted from 100% waterproof fabric, with a high level of breathability for extra comfort and pulls together a host of extra features.
Posted on 23 May