Boat Transport Checklist – At some point, a boat owner is going to need to have a boat transported from one place to another. Whether this is from the sales room floor to your home, from your home to a marina or from one marina to another, it’s important to handle the relocation the right way to avoid damaging the boat.


The first thing you’re going to need to do before picking up a phone and calling a boat transport company is to take time to research companies to make sure they are licensed and insured and have the necessary experience transporting boats. Once you secure a good boat transporter, you need to get the boat ready for transport.


First, let’s check out how to measure a boat for transport:

  • Vessel Height-Measured from the keel to the highest, non-removable part of the boat.
  • Vessel Length-Measured from the middle of the stern to the front of the bow.
  • Vessel Width- Measured from one side to the other at the widest section of the boat.


These measurements will let the transporter know which type of carrier is best suited to transport the boat. (source:

Nothing beats hitting the water at the first signs of Spring and enjoying your boat. Sometimes however, a boat needs to be moved and you will need to have it professionally transported. Here is a quick checklist to make sure your boat is ready to go.



Yacht Transportation

Boat Height: Check the height of your boat before it is transported. For hauling on the road, boats must be no taller than 13.6 feet tall. It is advisable to make sure the marina or other location you plan to store the boat has an overhead clearance of no less than 14 feet.

Inside the Boat: Make sure all gear is secured so it won’t fly around during transport. Seat cushions need removed, batteries need disconnected and secured, the dinghy should be taken off the davits and secured or removed and cradles need checked to make sure there are no loose bolts. The cabin door should be locked before the boat is loaded to prevent anyone from entering.

The Exterior: the bottom of the boat needs to be clean and should not have any mussels or other growth on it. Anchors need to be removed from the deck. All accessories externally need to be removed so they will not become dislodged and shift around or blow off the boat. It’s a good idea to pack these accessories up and place them securely inside the boat.

Fluids: Fuel and water need to be drained before transporting a boat.



Powerboat Transportation

Powerboats are a great deal of fun, and there’s no sense in leaving them all tied up and sitting in a marina somewhere. There comes a time however when people need to find a better marina to secure a powerboat until they’re ready to take it out. If you own a powerboat and need to move it, here’s a few things you need to take care of:

Be sure to remove:

  • Masts
  • Antennae
  • Propellers
  • Lights
  • Outriggers
  • Plexiglass
  • Electronics

Items can be placed below and should be secured they will not shift around during transport.



Sailboat Transportation

Sailboats can be a great way to have a fun family day on the water and they need to be taken care of prior to transport to make sure everything is secure and will not be damaged during shipment. Here are a few things to remember when having a sailboat transported:


  • Winches
  • Mast Lights
  • Rigging
  • Radar
  • Life Lines
  • Stern Pulpits
  • Bow


You also need to make sure the mast is not secured to the sailboat, so it will not be damaged. Most boat transporters will secure the mast to the trailer.


Remember, the first step to have your boat safely transported is to find a licensed and insured boat transport company. You can check for licensing information by contacting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Once you have that information and have scheduled transport, make sure everything is secured on the boat and that any parts or accessories that can be removed are taken care of prior to transport.