Cardinal Boat Movers believes in educating our customers for smoother boat transports, hauling, shipping and storage services in Western Canada, the U.S. and abroad. Please take a few moments to browse our most frequently asked questions. Should you not find the answer to your specific question listed below, please feel free to contact us today via phone or email. We look forward to hearing from you!
A. We’ve assembled a step-by-step guide for preparing your boat for transport. To ensure a safe and successful boat transport, we kindly ask that you make every effort to prepare and secure your boat according to the below guidelines:
1. Always stow and secure all loose gear. (Ensure you only have boat gear onboard, as we cannot ship household goods.)
2. Lock the cabin and keep the key; do not give the key to the driver.
3. Ensure there is no water in the bilge. (During the winter months, it’s important to drain all water from your boat’s water systems, pumps, air conditioners, etc.)
4. Disconnect and secure all batteries.
5. Remove your boat’s anchors from the deck.
6. To avoid a wooden boat from drying out, apply a coat of linseed oil.
7. Remove all canvas covers, as they are likely to tear or fly off during transit. If your boat is shrink-wrapped, ensure the wrap is tear-free and secure.
8. Inspect your boat’s cradle carefully for loose bolts or weaknesses. If your boat has its own trailer, ensure the rollers and frame are in good condition.
9. Provide adequate padding for an on-board dinghy. Never leave a dinghy on davits.
10. Remove, pack and securely store all electronics, radar, hailers, horns, antennas, propellers, flag masts, lights, anchor lights, etc.
11. Tie and/or tape hatches securely on the outside of your boat.
12. Seal any hatches or decks that are leaking to prevent rainwater from entering.
13. Latch and tape all cabin windows on the outside of your boat.
14. Remove, pack (with a cargo blanket) and secure all windshields (or Plexiglas) that protrude over the flying bridge.
A. We strongly recommend all shippers follow the instructions in the step-by-step boat transport prepping guide on this page. If your boat is not properly prepared for shipment, your boat will be shipped “as is,” and Cardinal Boat Movers will not accept responsibility for any resulting damage. Specifically, Cardinal Boat Movers is not responsible for any of the following:
A. To determine the overall boat length, measure from the tip of your boat’s bow to the centremost part of its stern. Be sure to include all bow pulpits, stern rails, swim platforms, motor brackets and the length of your motors or outdrives in the raised position. The height should be measured from the bottom of the keel to the highest non-removable part of the boat. Cardinal Boat Movers is capable of picking up and delivering hard-to-move vessels up to 70’ long.
A. Yes, we do. Please contact us via phone or email to request your free estimate. Please be sure to have your boat’s exact measurements handy for a more accurate quote.