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Tips for Safe Boat Transport

If you’re a boater who lives in an area with major seasonal changes in weather, you have to go through the arduous process of hauling your boat from the water as the cold approaches and placing it in storage. Then when spring rolls around and the weather starts to break, you go through the whole process again in reverse, though returning your boat to the water is usually quite a bit more enjoyable than removing it.

Taking the steps to ensure that your sailboat or power boat has safely made it through boating season and performing necessary maintenance prior to stowing it away for the winter are great ways to extend its life. Properly winterizing your vessel prior to storage is also a great way to ensure that you’ll be able to get back into the water once the weather has broken.

One very important aspect of boat transport that can easily get overlooked though is the condition of your trailer. A thorough inspection of your trailer prior to hauling your boat is essential for your safety, your boats safety and the safety of all those around you.

Things like dry rotted tires, rotted boards and damaged rollers can spell disaster if they happen to get overlooked prior to hitting the road. The trailer isn’t necessarily an overly complex piece of equipment and most repairs can be addressed by boaters who are comfortable working with their hands. You may only use your trailer a few times a year, but it’s an integral piece of equipment if you need to haul your boat.

Transport Auctions Can Save Boat Owners Cash

To save money, many boat owners are turning to boat transport auctions. Boat owners in states where the temperatures drop below freezing have to pull their boats from the water and transport them to storage facilities in the fall, repeating the procedure in the spring. Boat owners with smaller boats that can be trailered and hauled by a pickup truck usually take care of this chore themselves. Owners of yachts and large sailboats, however, don’t have that luxury because of the size, height and weight of their vessels. Specialized equipment is required to move large, heavy, oversized or tall-masted boats safely to prevent damaging the vessel. Boat transport companies provide this service but the cost can be staggering.

Many yacht and sailboat owners are significantly reducing boat transport fees by participating in transport auctions. On UShip.com, customers save time and money by posting their transport requirement on the UShip website. Boat transport companies bid for the job auction-style which allows them to fill unused cargo space on carriers. The boat owner benefits by paying significantly less to have his boat transported. Everybody wins!

Transport auctions also decrease the cost of buying a boat online from an out-of-state seller. High transport costs often prohibit boat buyers from shopping beyond their local area when they view classified boat ads online. When transport costs are affordable, buyers feel more comfortable expanding their search nationally which gives them a greater selection of boats to choose from.

Power Boats Satisfy Need for Speed

Rooster tails filling the air with thick mist, sleek power boats roared down the Detroit River last weekend at the 101st American Power Boat Association Gold Cup. Skimming the water’s surface on delicate hydrofoils like water spiders flitting after prey, the brightly-painted power boats reached speeds pushing 158 mph in boating’s equivalent to Indy’s Formula One auto racing. 

After a memorable series of crowd-pleasing heats, Dave Villwock emerged victorious, capturing his eighth Gold Cup and 60th career win. Sunday’s win puts Villwock in the running to tie Bill Muncey’s record 62 wins and brings him closer to challenging Chip Hanauer’s record 11 Gold Cups.

Power boats are all about the need for speed. People who want to spend a quiet day on the water immersed in nature buy sail boats. Folks who like their boating adventures to have a purpose (or who need an excuse to relax in the sun undisturbed) buy fishing boats. But boaters who love the adrenaline rush of knifing through the waves and slamming into the swells buy power boats.

What power boat owner hasn’t imagined himself throttling past 100 to see just how fast he really can cross the lake? What power boat owner doesn’t love to spin the wheel and send a rooster tail shooting up into the sky? Power boats allow boat owners to live their James Bond dreams. Putter sedately out of the no wake zone and it’s time to shove the throttle and fly!