This boat preparation guide was compiled to assist 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. Boat Logistics cannot be responsible for damage due to improper preparation, faulty or defective cradles, trailers, chains, binders, or other equipment provided by the boat owner to secure the cargo.

Note: If boat is not properly prepared for shipment board will be shipped “as is” and Boat Logistics will not accept responsibility for any resulting damage.

General Information

The legal height for transporting over the road is 13’6″. Please choose a marina or boatyard with at least a 14′ overhead clearance, with not low tree branches or wires on its approach.
If you choose a marina or boatyard to which there is no clear access, Boat Logistics cannot accept responsibility for damage caused by branches or wires. The larger the boat, the higher the load, the more clearance required. unless previously discussed, freight amount quoted is for the legal height of 13’6″ loaded on the trailer. If your boat loads higher, a freight surcharge will be added to your freight amount.



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, causing damage.


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.

External Accessories

All electronics, radar, hailers, horns, antennas, propellers, flag masts, lights, anchor lights, etc., must be removed, packed securely and securely stored below. Boat Logistics will not be responsible if they are damaged or if they vibrate off.


1.  Tie and/or tape hatches from the outside. We cannot be responsible for the damage they may cause if they blow off in transit, or for the damage to the boat caused by rainwater if the hatch blows off.

2.  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 or racing sailboats can expect some hull indentations from the support pads. These indentations generally disappear when the boat is returned to the water.

Additional Instructions for Boat Owners

1.  Remove all propellers, flag masts, lights, outriggers, antennas, etc.

2.  If your powerboat 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 powerboat 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.