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Prepare your boat
Getting ready to move your Boat! Proper boat preparation is an important part of getting your boat ready for hauling.
- Make certain that all loose items in your vessel such as plates, galley utensils, personal items or any other non-secured have been secured or removed from the vessel.
- Empty all water and holding tanks.
- Disconnect battery cables or turn off battery switch.
- Reduce fuel in tanks, do not top off.
- Remove any device or fixture that extends beyond the hull of the vessel such as antennas, radar, compasses or depth sounders. These devices should be secured inside the vessel for shipping.
- Secure decor such as tops, curtains, seat cushions.
- Remove the plug from the craft.
- You will need to store and secure plastic and plexiglass windshields below.
- If you are moving the boat during the winter months, then you need to winterize the engine, toilets, the water systems or any other weather sensitive device on the vessel.
- Shrink wrap is an excellent way to protect your boat during transport. However, a poor shrink wrap may tear due to the high winds generated by road travel. If this happens, the vessel could suffer damage from the shrink wrap beating, chaffing and scratching the vessel. J&F cannot accept responsibilty for damages caused by shrink wrap.
- If your larger boat needs to be loaded transom forward, then the craft needs to be shrink wrapped or we cannot accept liability for damage that may occur to the windshield during transport.
- When moving a sailboat, you must remove all standing rigging, lights, spreaders, wind indicators and all other types of mast rigging prior to transport. Otherwise, J&F cannot assume liability for damage such as scratches or abrasions that may occur on the mast or damaged rigging or lights left on the mast during transport. Transporter cannot assume liability for damages due to scratches and abrasions that may occur on the mast or damage to the riggings and lights left on the mast. Carpet should be provided for the mast at tie down points. Expect some chafing at these points.
- All personal belongings should be removed from the boat before transport. These include cash and valuables, clothing, sporting goods or any other materials that are not part of the vessel.
- Insurance, permits, if required, are included in the cost. Excessive waiting time or time to prepare the boat for transport is billed at $50 per hour or part there of.
- Loading and unloading charges are not included and are the responsibility of the shipper.
- The price is based on the boat loading at 13'6" high x 8'6" wide unless otherwise noted.
- Deposit may be paid by personal check, final payment due in cash or bank check/money order.
- If you are shipping the boat on your own trailer (tow-and-go) carrier cannot be responsible for damage caused by the trailer (rollers or frame). Also, any damage occurred to the trailer is your responsibility.
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