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GUIDELINES FOR PREPARING YOUR BOAT FOR TRANSPORT

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BOAT DESCRIPTION & MEASUREMENTS

The contract for shipping a boat with Carthage Marine Transport is all inclusive for all transportation charges & is valid only for boat description & dimensions supplied by the customer. The driver will measure the length, height & beam of the boat prior to loading & again the total load dimensions after loading to insure the boat can be transported safely & legally in accordance with regulations & with any permits that have been purchased for the shipment.

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BOAT LOADING & UNLOADING

Please have the boat properly prepared, inspected & ready to load when our truck arrives. Arranging & paying for preparation, loading & unloading the boat on /off of our trailer is the responsibility of the boat owner. CMT doesn't water load or water launch boats. Boats must be inspected prior to loading to insure there is no water borne contamination & fuel & water in tanks are at approved levels. At delivery, please expect normal road dirt on the boat upon arrival. 

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GUIDELINES FOR PREPARING YOUR BOAT FOR TRANSPORT 

Proper boat preparation is critical to a safe, damage free delivery of your boat. CMT drivers are trained & experienced at transporting boats & are instructed not to load or move a boat they regard as unsafe. The driver will perform a thorough condition check of the exterior of the boat prior to loading & again at off loading. The condition of the boat will be noted on a cargo condition report & detailed photos will be taken.

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SHRINK WRAP GUIDELINES

Shrink-wrap can & does tear or fly- off during transit. This can cause considerable damage from beating against the boat & chaffing. CMT drivers carry tape, & will try to repair damaged shrink wrap if possible. If the shrink wrap becomes un-repairable, it will be removed to avoid damage from the shrink wrap beating against the boat. 

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ADDITIONAL BOAT PREPARATION GUIDELINES FOR SAILBOATS

Sailboat Transport, due to the boat design & its accessories, presents some very unique items in order to properly make a sailboat ready for transport. More than other boat designs, sailboats require a great amount of detailed preparation, that needs to be done correctly in order to experience a successful move. 

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ADDITIONAL BOAT PREPARATION GUIDELINES FOR WOOD BOATS

It is standard practice in the boat transport industry for a wood hull release is signed for wood boats to release the transporter from liability for wood boats. CMT requires the signing of this release for all wood boats.

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OTHER EXCLUSIONS

Boat insurance policies have exclusions & the physical damage exclusions vary from policy to policy. In general, the boat owner has the responsibility to maintain their boat, therefore normal wear & tear is generally excluded under a boat or yacht insurance policy. Other normally excluded items include, but are not limited to, deterioration, weathering, marring, scratching, denting, osmosis blistering, chipping, delamination, metal fatigue, rot, dry rot, improper repair, structural failure, etc. CMT isn’t an absolute insurer & our cargo insurance will normally exclude the same or similar type of items that are excluded from your own boat insurance policy.

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AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES

Federal & State Aquatic Invasive Species laws make it unlawful to possess or transport across state lines. The boat owner/agent, must ensure the boat is clean inside & out of all plants, animals, mud & debris. In addition, all water must have been drained from wells, bilges, ballasts, thru-hull fittings & engine cooling systems & allowed sufficient time for the boat to completely dry (typically at least a week). This cleaning, draining & drying of your boat must be done prior to loading the boat for transport. 

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