ngine trouble vaporized my bank account and caused an abrupt halt to my push northward up the Intracoastal Waterway aboard my Cheoy Lee Luders Offshore sloop, Traveller. At Mile Marker 403, in Georgetown, South Carolina, Traveller was still a long way away from my home port in Maine. I had a new job about to start in Frankfurt, Germany, and a scheduled flight to get there. With a deadline now looming, the pressing question was: What should I do with the boat? Evenings found me at my laptop at the local McDonald’s, researching boatyards, refilling coffee and weighing my options: I could leave the boat in this South Carolina yard at a high cost (plus pay a yearly property tax!) or have it hauled overland about 400 miles to a less expensive long-term storage yard I’d found on Chesapeake Bay.
Remove all personal items from the boat.
All fuel must be removed from the boat, and because of weight and the possibility of leakage, as much water as possible should also be removed.
Secure all hatches and doors; lock them where possible.
All canvas covers, loose cushions, grills, deck chairs, hatch doors, etc. must be removed or secured so they do not bang around below during transport.
Electronics, including radios, radar, AIS, GPS, etc., should either be shipped separately or securely stowed in the cabin and locked up.
Masts must be derigged. All stays and spreaders should be bound to the rig or, better yet, be removed. The strongest side of the mast should be left clear to rest on the trailer. Wrapping masts, particularly painted ones, with pieces of carpet is an option.
Rudders that can turn or move in the wind should be removed, or well secured.
Outboard motors should be removed, or raised and locked.
It is very important to remember that interstate highway speeds are equal to hurricane-force winds. Add driving rain and you can see why your boat must be ready for storm conditions.