By Shawn Fraser | Schooner Cove Marine
What do I need to know about transporting a boat over the road?
Whether you are purchasing a boat or considering relocating a boat you already own, over the road transport is a great option. There are a number of things to consider in the process. Making sure you have the correct information and understand the process can help make your move hassle free.
- Know Your Boat Specifications: Knowing the dimensions and weight are critical to ensuring the appropriate equipment for the move and that the boat is loaded properly for transport. You want to avoid being in the process of loading only to find out your information isn’t correct.
- Permits: The majority of boats requiring a commercial hauler are oversized and require special permits. Anything over 8’6” wide is oversize. Anything over 12’ wide and higher than 13’6” have special requirements such as escort vehicles and pole car surveys which add additional cost to moving a boat. Laws, regulations and permit fees can vary significantly by province and state. Check with your transporter about what you should know about your specific transport location.
- Transporter Insurance: If you are transporting your boat by land you will want to ensure that your transporter can provide proof of insurance. When asking for proof of insurance make sure to pay attention to whether the transporter carries in-transit coverage. Your transporter will also want to ensure you have your own insurance coverage as well.
- Cross-Border Transport: If you are moving a boat across the Canada/U.S. Border you will be required to make arrangements for the necessary border crossing documents to ensure that the boat is compliant with any laws/regulations for entering the country and that any tax or other financial commitments are paid. We recommend using a brokerage to ensure that you have the appropriate paperwork for your crossing. If you are moving a trailer with your boat, there are very specific requirements for trailers as they are considered a vehicle. Your broker will be able to provide you with the required information. Brokerage fees vary, we recommend shopping for the brokerage you want to manage your boat import/export. Confirmation that the paperwork is in order is required prior to your transport date.
- Packing For Travel: You will be required to ensure anything travelling with/in the boat is secure and able to travel down the highway at highway speeds without upset. The driver will assess, reposition and ensure the load is secure prior to transport and during transport. Anything that requires disassembly is your responsibility to complete prior to scheduled loading time. Many boat yards provide packing and loading services that can save time and money.
- Load On/Off: Some road transport trailers require a lift on and off. Arranging cost and payment for this service is your responsibility.
The cost of transport can vary based on transporter, equipment, permits required, distance, etc. Make sure to ask what is included in your transport quote. Most transporters will provide a rate reduction if there are loads moving in both directions. You will want to ensure you have provided all necessary information and documentation. You may pay a premium rate for specific dates or complex transports requiring additional logistics.
By Eric Smith | Shining Waters Marine
Lesson Learned from Hurricane Dorian
Now that hurricane season is over, we have had some time to look back and review some of the damage and issues that arose during the hurricane. Below are some tips for next time.
- Windage: you need to eliminate as much windage as you can. Canvas on a flybridge, a furled jib, a stack pack for your main, all increase the windage of your vessel and can add unnecessary weight and strain during a hurricane. These are items that are usually more difficult to remove but MUST be removed to protect your investment.
- Forecast: Watch the forecast, especially during a hurricane and plan for the unexpected. A slight change in the path of the eye can drastically and quickly change the wind strength and direction.
- Anchorage: Should you decide to ride out a hurricane on your anchor there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Ensure you have the swing room and the water is deep enough across your radius.
- Make sure the ground tackle is heavy enough and you will be able to recover it after the storm.
- Make sure the hurricane hole you choose has all the wind directions covered (including the direction not forecasted).
- Look around, if you see a boat that does not look prepared, they probably are not, choose your placement wisely.
- Chafe: After the hurricane, the biggest contributor of damage was chafe. Anchor lines parted, mooring bridles broke, dock lines snapped which then was the cause of unnecessary damage and insurance claims. Chafe gear can be purchased or made, there are lots of great ideas out there. Also make sure your lines have some elasticity to them — nylon is great. Halyards and spinnaker sheets work but don’t have any give (or stretch) to them, if you use those type of lines, make sure you add something like a snubber.
- Be Prepared: you can never be too prepared — making a run back to port if you are cruising, hauling your boat, adding more lines, removing canvas and sails, filling fuel tanks, charging batteries, checking ground tackle, checking moorings, adding fenders — all of the little things can help you ride a storm out. Accidents happen but you can also minimize the loss if something does happen.