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1a-Shipping Boats - How to Prepare

Logistics is being worked on constantly, as soon as you can, let the organizers know how many boats will be shipped by CN container.

There are two sizes of container:

42 foot container   Fits 2 Martin16 sailboats
53 foot container   Fits 3 Martin16 sailboats

Typically loading happens 1 week prior to the event, however it depends on the distance they are travelling.

We need to know by July 15

  1. the pickup location
  2. Who the contact person is - name, email, cell.
  3. How many boats are being transported. That helps determine how many containers are needed and what size.

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How to Prepare


Prior to loading wash the Martin16's and all gear, so that you are not transporting any unwanted species. Properly washing your boat does more than keep it looking clean. It also prevents harmful aquatic life from spreading throughout Canadian waterways. Whirling disease, for example, is already affecting fish in four major watersheds in central and southern Alberta.


Make sure there is no water inside the sailboat and check inside the hull by undoing the side hatches and sponging out any moisture inside. How does this water get inside the hull gap? Condensation is the most common cause, hot days and cool night, and especially humidity accentuates the condensation.


  1. At the stern of the boom undo the bowline , remove from the block on the bridle, then do an 8-knot at the end of the mainsheet. At the front of the boom unfeed the mainsheet from the deck.
  2. Undo the bowline on the boomvang at the mast base, unfeed the line from the block on the boom. 
  3. Undo the outhaul from under the deck. Tip: Do an 8-knot at the end of the line so it does not go accidentally inside the boom.
  4. Pop the boom off the gooseneck.
  5. Pad the boom and tie it to the lower part of the trailer, on the side of the frame, lash it to the side of the trailer. Note: this is for inside the container, don't drive down the road like this because stones can fly up and ding the boom.


  1. Remove the rudder system (rudder head/blade/arm - do NOT disassemble).  
  2. Put the rudder system in the rudder cover bag (if you have one) and tie it to the trailer center bunk behind the keel bulb.  If you don’t have a rudder cover, wrap the rudder/head/arm in blankets, drop cloth or towels.


  1. To lower the mast: Person1 stands inside the boat to hold the mast. Person2 hold the base of the mast to keep it in place. Person3 detaches the forestay, Person1 then lowers the mast. Gather and wrap to the foot of the mast the 2 shrouds, forestay and wrap with the main and jib halyard, tape to secure.
  2. Place the mast on the deck, mast tip forward, spreaders up and evenly positioned front to back so it doesn't hang out at one end. Pad any other areas where there is contact that might rub during transport. Tie mast base to aft padeye with stern line then tie mast tip to foredeck padeye.


  1. Detach the jib boom. Tip: If you leave it on, you should pad it extensively fore and aft, otherwise it will move around or bounce.
  2. If you have a Martin16 boat cover, slide the jib boom into the cover boom pocket.


The boats are prepared in the same way as for trailering. Make sure they are clean and dry and that the 10 ft. bow and stern lines are in place. In the CN containers things bounce around so putting things loosely inside the boat is never a good idea. The rule of thumb is Tie It Down.

  1. Tie the keel bulb to the center trunk. This is important so that the daggerboard doesn't jiggle during transit and get chips. Ensure the hoist line is cleated.
  2. Pad the daggerboard trunk with foam or an old lifejacket to protect it. 
  3. Pad everything that can move - seats, mast spreaders.
  4. Secure any loose equipment inside the boat with life jackets and fenders to prevent movement. (N.B. All equipment such as life jackets, fenders, paddles, sails, sail bags, slings, power assist equipment should be labelled). Power assist equipment must be packed in a padded shipping box that is securely lashed to the trailer within the frame.
  5. Slide the sails inside the hull. Do not tie them in because you will cause wear on the sails. The sails should be tightly rolled and inside their sail bag with the end of the bag tied.


  1. Strap the hull to the trailer from the 2 shroud U-bolts and 2 aft U-bolts to the trailer tie-down brackets.
  2. Secure the trailer winch strap to the bow ring of the boat running the winch strap under the roller. Tip: If you run the strap over the roller the boat will jump off during transport.


Stuff will move around during shipment, and it’s your responsibility to make sure all the boat’s gear and accessories are secured. 


  • Paint your chocks for inside the containers so that you can visually identify your chocks. 
  • Wrap your trailer tongues with tape that is the same colour so that your trailers are easily identifiable.
  • Put your club name on every sailboat.
  • Label every part of each sailboat with the boat name or serial number. Especially the sails. Put coloured tape in your sailbags that matches your club chocks and trailers.
  • In your container, have a bin which is the same colour, where all straps, foam and padding will be put after boats are unpacked.


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