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When transporting a powerboat over the road there are many items to take into consideration. Boats that have a beam over 8’6” wide or are more than 13’6” high when loaded on our tractor-trailer will need an oversize permit in every state traveled through. Depending on what the actual size of your boat will be the determining factor for the price of the haul, the route we must follow, and what permits and escorts might be needed in order to safely transport your boat. Transporting an over-dimensional powerboat is not the same as driving your car. There are time of day restrictions (especially around cities or urbanized areas), toll road restrictions and road work restrictions that need to be taken into consideration before we can determine what the mileage is to ship your boat.
Typically a vessel that has 12’ wide beam and has an overall height of not more than 12’ will not require any special escorts in the majority of the states. Boats between with a beam greater than 12’ but less than 14’ wide will more than likely require at least one escort.
If a boat is between 12’ and 13’ high we can usually get the boat to legal limits on the trailer or not more than 13’11” high on our wide body belly trailer. Once the height is more than 13’11” high, again depending on the state, would determine if there needs to be a pole car escort (front escort that would lead the tractor-trailer with the over-height/oversized load) with a pole 6” higher than the height of the boat on the trailer.
Boats over 14’ high or 14’ wide may be deemed a super load in some states. This would then require possible route surveys, additional escorts and possible police escorts.
Permits, escorts, additional miles, all determine what the price of the transport of your oversized powerboat will be. Nothing is cut and dry when hauling and oversized boat.
Preparation for a powerboat normally requires the removal of the canvas, props, and radar on an arch or hardtop. Antennas would need to be lowered and secured. Superstructures, such as a fly bridge, radar arch, windscreen, etc. may also need to be removed depending on the year make and model of your boat and what the overall height is from the lowest part of the boat (not necessarily the keel if the rudder or running gear is below it) to the highest point of the boat.
If you are having your boat shrink wrapped for trucking you must be aware that shrink wrap failure is very common going over the road. Every sharp corner, cleat, windshield, etc. must be heavily padded before the wrap is put in so that there is no excessive rubbing or chafing of the wrap on the boat. As the truck is going down the highway wind velocity will have the wrap rub on the sharp edge causing the shrink wrap to tear. Once it tears we have to remove it as the structure of the shrink wrap has now been compromised and it can actually cause more damage to the boat by beating against the boat itself. At that point we would have to remove the shrink wrap because we cannot have a 40’ shrink wrap flag flying behind us. Shrink wrap does not always fail if properly padded. It is a good idea to also have shrink wrap cord connecting under the boat in a few spots to help keep it secure as well as putting shrink wrap tape from the bottom of the shrink wrap onto the fiberglass. That will prevent any road grime from getting in up underneath the shrink wrap and making possible scratches between the boat and the wrap. TAPE IS NOT RECOMMENDED OR ADVISED FOR PAINTED BOATS.
All gear, cushions, fenders, lines, etc. must be secured inside the boat or in a compartment. Do not leave any items loose in the back cockpit of the boat just because it is shrink wrapped. If we have to take off the wrap all of those items will be exposed and we would not be responsible for anything flying out of the boat. Additionally, all items inside the boat should be secured as well. Glassware, televisions, microwaves, etc should all be secured. All hatches and windows should also be locked. We do not take inventory of the contents of the boat and will not be going inside the boat. It is your responsibility to make sure that you or your designated agent or marina, pack the boat properly.
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