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For those boat owners who
haven’t experienced long distance trips or delivery of their vessel,
here are some required items and supplies we may need. We request you
have them on board in order to avoid any additional costs and perhaps
avoid lengthy delays.
Remember, long distance deliveries
are like 12 hour sea trials that occur for consecutive days. If your vessel
hasn’t been used, or been lightly used in the past, you’ll need to address
a few things that may make or break the trip. Here is a list of things
to bear in mind, if you haven’t already.
Fuel – Is your fuel old? Have
you properly stored it? This is the #1 problem we encounter during deliveries….bad
fuel. Please make sure your stored fuel is conditioned or fresh for the
first day of travel. This is the crucial time and test, and when most fuel
problems are going to happen. We request that, if possible, the vessel
is full of fuel prior to departure and conditioner has been added. This
will save you money, now and later! *WARNING!: Algae can grow in your diesel
fuel tanks and filters if the vessel has been sitting for a prolonged period,
even on land. If you suspect that algae has formed or is present in your
fuel tanks or filters, DO NOT TREAT YOUR FUEL WITH AN ALGAECIDE PRIOR TO
THE DELIVERY! This will break down the algae into particulate matter that
will constantly clog filters until the algae is no longer present. It will
require numerous filters and hours of time consuming labor. Wait until
the vessel has arrived at its destination before addressing the problem.
Fuel Filters – Are your filters
clean? Are there spare filters on board? Dirty filters go hand in hand
with bad fuel and compete for the top problem during deliveries. Please
make sure the filters have been changed prior to departure and at least
two spare filters are on board. If spin-on type are used make sure there’s
a wrench on board, as well. Cartridge type filters usually don’t require
tools. Don’t forget to service your genset filters and provide spares,
Communications - It is imperative that the vessel has a functional, on-board VHF radio. THIS IS AN ESSENTIAL PIECE OF EQUIPMENT when operating any vessel, either offshore or along inland waterways! We must have the ability to communicate with other vessels, bridge/lock tenders, and in rare cases Coast Guard or Law
Enforcement vessels. Perform a radio check prior to the trip and also check the condition of your antenna(es). A functioning EPIRB is always a great safety net especially when running off shore. If the vessel is equipped with one, please make sure the batteries are new or at least functional. We carry our own PRB (Personal Radio Beacon) in a 'Ditch Bag' and always have at least one handheld VHF as part of our gear, but they are limited in broadcast distances. Also make sure your required sound signaling device(s) are operational. A vessel-mounted horn or handheld aerosol horn reduces the risk of mishaps when radio communications fail.
- Belts/Pumps – Are your
drive belts worthy? Are they damaged or dry rotted? Please take a
look at them and make the necessary repairs before the trip. Also
have spares on board. Have you inspected the impellars or water pumps?
Impellars should be checked and/or replaced annually, in your mains
and gensets. Signs of wear, cracks, rotting or missing pieces can
lead to overheating problems or total breakdown. Inspect and replace
as necessary prior to the trip and it's not a bad idea to have spares
- Visibility - If
your boat has Eisenglass, EZ2CY or a clear plastic bridge enclosure
it's imperative that it's in good condition. The key word here is
visibility, especially in inclement weather or night travel. If you
have a windshield and the boat is equipped with windshield wipers,
make sure they are working and the wiper blades are in good condition.
We can't avoid what we can't see. Aside from the danger of collision,
reduced or poor visibility can easily delay the trip or halt it completely.
Tools – Required on ALL deliveries!
Please make sure we have a basic tool kit (hammer, pliers, adjustable wrench,
flat and Phillips screwdrivers, flashlight). You can never have too many
tools! They don’t have to be expensive ones, and the above mentioned can
be purchased for around $25. Once again, this can make a difference in
the outcome of the trip…..something as simple as a screwdriver or pair
Fluids – Does your equipment
use oil? Even if your engines and genset do not consume or leak oil, please
have motor oil, transmission oil/fluid, power steering/hydraulic fluid,
and antifreeze on board. This can save you a tow.
Safety Items – Is there a ‘Coast
Guard Kit’ on board? This is the term we use for safety equipment required
by the USCG. Nothing will shoot your day quicker than getting boarded and
cited for violations. Please make sure we are legal. PFD’s, fire extinguishers,
flares or signaling devices, first aid kits, throwable FD with line, and
sound signaling devices should all be present with valid dates prior to
departure. An anchor with at least 300 feet of line is not required by
the USCG but is a vital piece of safety equipment in case of loss of power.
Please provide us with one and test the windlass if need be.
Miscellaneous Items – Wire ties,
duct tape, and WD-40! Don’t laugh. These inexpensive items can save your
day. Like the old saying goes, ‘If it moves and isn’t supposed to, or doesn’t
move when it’s supposed to….’, these are game savers. Absorbent pads (diapers)
are also necessary and some states (MD, for one) require you to have them
in the bilge, under your engine(s). Please provide at least a dozen in
case of a spill, or to abate one. Check your engine room lighting and replace
any bulbs that are out.
This list is a no-brainer for
all owners, regardless of the vessel or the journey. Addressing the items
on the list may seem costly to some and unnecessary to others but, trust
us, it can save you big bucks in the long run; and most deliveries are
Dock Lines/Fenders - Of course,
dock lines and fenders are a standard need. During most deliveries we’ll
dock at tee heads on floating docks. Occasionally, we get assigned to a
slip or fixed dock. Please make sure we have at least six (6) dock lines
available, and at least two (2) fenders of the appropriate size for the
vessel. We generally use 4 dock lines on tee heads and face docks, and
6 lines in a slip. Fenders are a necessity for lock operations and on floating
docks. We usually affix them to fixed docks. There is nothing more frustrating
than having the wind beat your boat up at the dock because we couldn’t
properly secure it.
On a side note, we occasionally
will depart before sunrise and sometimes get delayed and arrive at a port
in the dark. If your vessel is not equipped with radar and a functioning
searchlight, nighttime operations or operations in fog/limited visibility
will be risky or impossible, especially on sections of the ICW. Lack of
this equipment may extend or delay a trip.
Please help us make your
experience one to remember…..a good one.
Call and schedule your move
today! (410) 490-0451
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