Small Boat Transport by Trailer Guide
Flagship Specialized Shippers is probably best known for transporting oversize boats and yachts. However, we offer small boat transport on their own trailers of any size, be it power or sail on a daily basis. Generally, once a shipment is confirmed and scheduled it is usually moving within a week or less. We will handle anything from pickup and delivery around the corner to an international shipment.
In the transportation industry when a vessel is being transported on its own trailer, it is called a Tow & Go. This is often less expensive and easily accommodated as long as the trailer is “road worthy”. This means it is in good working order; tires are in good shape and has functioning lights. If the trailer is not in good working condition, ask about the boat and trailer being loaded on to one of our transport trailers for shipment.
Before moving your boat onto its trailer, replace or service the wheel bearing to prevent breakdown, and as a rule of thumb, if your bearings have not been serviced in the last six months have it professionally done, as travel builds up tremendous heat which can cause failure. Salt-water exposure makes bearings especially vulnerable.
Have your tires checked for proper inflation, sufficient tread, cracks, bubbles, or gouges in the rubber, and remember that old tires should be replaced, as this will prevent blow out during transport. Always remember to carry a spare tire. Even if you have to purchase one, the cost is nominal to what a service repair would be on the road.
Check all wires and the lighting system to make sure all are in good working order and are easily seen, and have repairs done well in advance. Make sure the coupler is in good working condition and grease if necessary. Brakes need to be tested, repair or replace if necessary.
It is the shipper or owners responsibility to prepare the boat and trailer for transport. Your small boat shipping company cannot accept responsibility for prep or damages if your trailer is not in excellent shape, however they will take the time to check to verify these things have been taken care of. Please don’t ask your transporter to move your boat on your trailer if it is unfit to travel the required distance. A trailer in poor repair can endanger the safety of others, as well as the driver’s vehicle and your boat. You are responsible for any damage, repairs, and problems caused by your trailer.
Additional Items to Address Prior to Pickup
- Bow and transom straps need to be in working order
- Electronics should be removed and stored in a secure location, if possible
- Cushions need to be stored below or safely secured
- Canvas and bows need to be secured or stored below
- All loose items need to be secured to avoid loss
- Trailer needs to be licensed or a transporter tag needs to be arranged for in advance
Again, routine maintenance is less expensive and less time consuming than an unnecessary breakdown along the way. If these items above are addressed prior to pickup your small boat transport will be smooth and safe.
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