Boat Prep Transport Contract
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Boat Prep: General Information for Transporting
Freight charges are due and payable upon
delivery in the form of a cashier's check or certified checks made
payable to Certified Sales. If delivery is delayed more than 2 hours,
in addition to all other freight charges there will be a $60 per
hour waiting charge, which will be payable before the boat is off
All of our drivers are fully licensed
and insured. They are experienced, dependable boat transporters
who will take the utmost care to deliver your boat in the best condition.
However, please keep in mind that the boat has to be strong enough
to withstand overland shipment. Certified Sales cannot take responsibility
for damage due to inherent dry rot or weakness. Thank you for giving
us the opportunity to serve you.
Your Guide to Boat Transportation
This boat preparation guide was compiled
to assist you, the boat owner in properly preparing and securing
the boat for overland transportation. Please make every effort to
prepare the boat according to these guidelines. Oversee the preparation
yourself or have a qualified yard do so. The carrier cannot be responsible
for damage due to improper preparation or loading by the shipper,
for faulty or defective cradles, trailers, chains, binders, or other
equipment provided by the shipper to secure the cargo.
NOTE: IF BOAT IS NOT PROPERLY PREPARED
FOR SHIPMENT, BOAT WILL BE SHIPPED "AS IS" AND CARRIER WILL NOT
ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY RESULTING DAMAGE.
The legal height for transporting over
the road is 13' 6." Please choose a marina or boatyard with at least
14' overhead clearance, with no low tree branches or wires on its
If you choose a marina or boatyard to
which there is no clear access, the carrier cannot accept responsibility
for damage caused by branches or wires. The larger the boat is,
the higher the load is, and more clearance is required. Unless previously
discussed, freight amount quoted is for legal height of 13' 6" loaded
on the carrier´s trailer. If your boat loads higher, a freight
surcharge will be added to your freight amount.
The driver will perform a survey only
of the exterior of the boat. The condition of the boat will be noted
on a condition report. You or your agent will be asked to sign this
report at the point of pickup; a copy of this report will be given
to you or your agent at that time. At delivery, the boat will again
be inspected; the condition report again signed and another copy
will be given to you or your agent. Any damage noted by you or your
agent upon delivery must be noted on the bill-of-lading that you
sign when you or your agent accepts delivery of the boat. Photos
will be taken at loading and unloading.
1. Stow all loose gear and secure. All
gear stored below must be well secured. The carrier will not accept
responsibility for damage caused by loose gear. Boat gear only:
we cannot ship household goods.
2. Boats cannot be shipped with water
in tanks. Drain fuel and water tanks as well as possible. Remove
any drain plugs from the hull. There should not be any water in
the bilge while it is being transported. During winter months, water
should be drained from water systems, pumps, air conditioners, etc.
3. Disconnect batteries and secure. Remove
anchors from the deck.
4. Wooden boats can be expected to dry
out. A coat of linseed oil will help. Please expect normal road
dirt on the boat.
Canvas Covers/Shrink Wrap
5. All canvas covers must be removed
as they will tear or fly off during transit. If they are not removed,
the carrier cannot be responsible for damages. The carrier will
ship shrink-wrapped boats; however the shrink wrap may tear or fly
off in transit. The carriers do carry extra shrink wrap tape and
every effort will be made to repair the shrink wrap, however, if
the shrink wrap becomes not repairable, it will be removed to avoid
damage from the shrink wrap beating against the boat. The carrier
will not be held responsible for loose shrink wrap.
6. If your boat has its own cradle, please
inspect it carefully for loose bolts or weakness of any kind. If
your cradle breaks in transit, causing damage to your boat, the
carrier cannot accept responsibility. If you are shipping your boat
on its own trailer, the carrier cannot accept responsibility should
the rollers or frame cause damage, or if the trailer breaks apart,
7. If you are shipping a dinghy on board
or if you have had to remove any superstructure, these items should
be well padded. DO NOT leave dinghy on davits.
8. All electronics, radar, hailers, horns,
antennas, propellers, flag masts, lights, anchor lights, etc., must
be removed, packed securely and securely stored below. The carrier
will not be responsible if they are damaged or if they vibrate off.
9. Tie and/or tape hatches from the outside.
The carrier cannot be responsible for the damage they may cause
if they blow off in transit or for damage to the boat caused by
rain water if a hatch blows off.
10. If the hatches leak, seal them. A
boat will not sit in the same position on the carrier's trailer
as it does in the water and the carrier cannot be responsible for
rain water entering through a leaky hatch or deck.
11. Cabin windows should be latched and
taped from the outside.
12. All windshields and/or Plexiglas
that protrude over the flying bridge should be removed, packed with
a cargo blanket and should be well secured below. The carrier will
not be responsible for any damage that occurs if they are not removed
and properly packed and secured.
Additionsl Instructions for Sailboats
13. All rigging, winches, wind indicators,
and lights should be removed from the mast whenever possible. Carpet
should be provided for the mast at the points of tie down. Expect
some chafing at these points. If the mast is painted, it is almost
impossible to keep the paint from chafing. The carrier will not
pay to repaint masts if chafing occurs. Do not secure the mast to
the boat, as there is a space on the carrier´s trailer for
the mast. Should then mast be secured to the boat, the carrier will
not be responsible for any resulting damage to the mast or the boat.
Life lines, stanchions, bow and stern
pulpits should be removed if they render the boat over height, generally
over 12´ 6 keel to highest point not on the carrier´s
14. On center board sailboats, make sure
the board is secured and will stay up in transit. Keel sailboats
may expect some separation where the keel joins the hull. This is
not structural damage, but rather is the paint or filler cracking
at the joint. Light built sailboats can expect some hull indentation
from the support pads. These indentations generally disappear when
the boat is returned to the water.
Additional Instructions for Power Boats
15. Remove all propellers when required,
flag masts, lights, outriggers, antennas, etc.
16. If your power boat is low enough
to ship with the flying bridge on, remove all lights, wheels, masts
and windshields that protrude over the bridge. All Plexiglas should
be removed and packed below with a cargo blanket. If your power
boat is not low enough to ship with the flying bridge on, you will
have to have a cradle built for the bridge to be shipped in on the
forward deck or cockpit area. Every point touching the deck or rails
must be sufficiently padded. Remove all electronics and valuable
items from the bridge, pack securely, and store below. If you have
any questions, Please feel free to call us!
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