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Boat Shipments

Effective August 1, 1988, the Joint Federal Travel Regulations, Volume 1, permits military members to ship boats, components, and accessories of such boats as part of their household goods shipment. The following information is provided in order to promote coordination between the PPSOs and the carrier industry in order to accomplish the movement of service members' boats with trailers and boats without trailers

Do-It-Yourself (DITY) Move
Member must contact local PPSO for procedures and entitlements.

Personal Property Commercial Bill of Lading
The movement of personal property from one point in CONUS to another point in CONUS using a DOD-approved common carrier will be annotated on a PPGBL/CBL. The carrier that is awarded the shipment is responsible for arranging or performing all required services incident to movement. Specific provisions are:

a.  Boats, canoes, skiffs, rowboats, kayaks, or sailboats of less than 14 feet in length, and dinghies or sculls of any size, without trailers, will move as normal household goods. See Item 321 of the Domestic Personal Property Rate Solicitation.

b.  Boats shipped on a boat trailer, any length, or boats without a trailer, normally 14 feet or more will be handled by HQMTMC and movement will be via tow -away service or commercial boat haulers.

NOTE: THE WEIGHT OF THE BOAT IS REQUIRED AS A SEPARATE ENTRY ON THE PPGBL/CBL.  

Direct Procurement Method (DPM)
DPM is a method of shipment in which the Government manages the shipment throughout. Packing, Containerization, local drayage, and storage services are obtained from commercial firms under contractual arrangements or by the use of Government facilities and personnel. Specific provisions are:

a.  Member will be responsible for charges on any special crating or materials needed to move the boat by the DPM method.

b.  Small boats less than 14 feet can be shipped by this method.

c.  Canoes and kayaks 14 feet and over, but under 300 pounds in weight, can be shipped by this method.

d.  Member must contact PPSO for procedures.

Tow-Away Service
The movement of boats on trailers by a commercial carrier in tow of a self -contained power unit capable of being operated over the highways:

a.  This service is for any size boat with a trailer.   

b.  PPSO must send a message request to MTPP-HR for a one -time -only move, using the BOTO request format. A minimum of 20 days notice is normally required prior to the move. Tow -away is for hook -and-go only.

c.  If the boat/trailer is going to be moved via tow -away option, the member must ensure the boat and motor are securely fastened/strapped to the trailer. The trailer must have a valid license (if origin state does not require trailer to be licensed, member must be informed that he will be responsible for the cost of a transit permit (to be provided by the tow -away carrier), with working lights, wiring, brakes (if so equipped), good tires, hubs checked for grease/good bearings, and frame not bent, twisted, or broken to prevent safe transport. The member must ensure boat is prepared for shipment in order to avoid additional charges.

d.  Member must be advised that all personal items, such as clothing, electronic gear, TVs, skis, etc., not part of the structure, must be removed. All antennas and fishing/trolling poles must be lowered or removed.

e.  Carriers accepting tow -away shipments are responsible for arranging SIT. SIT will be accomplished in such a manner as to afford the member's property adequate protection against loss and damage. Outside storage may be acceptable. Adequate security and protection from the elements must be provided. Tow -away shipments are normally placed in mobile home storage locations. PPSO should also give consideration to using base Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Facilities for storage. Rules for SIT for tow -away boats are similar to SIT of mobile homes.

f.  Carrier will weigh boat and trailer and provide a weight ticket, which must be submitted with PPGBL/CBL for payment.

g.  Carrier will not pickup or move a boat without a PPGBL/CBL. Boat serial number or registration number should be shown on PPGBL/CBL.

h.  Member may request and pay for extra insurance

A commercial boat hauler is a commercial carrier with specialized equipment used to transport boats on cradles, racks, or flatbeds from an origin to a destination. Boats without trailers are generally picked up and delivered to a marina. It is the member’s responsibility, at the origin and destination, to ensure specialized transportation equipment is available to load/off -load the boat by a crane or other type of hoisting means.

a.  This service is for a large boat normally not on its own trailer and normally a special type of boat. PPSO must send a message request to MTPP-HR for a one -time -only move, using the BOTO request format. A minimum of 20 days notice is normally required prior to the move. PPSO’s must contact the boat hauler, after MTMC has awarded the shipment, to coordinate pickup and delivery dates. Commercial boat haulers are not held to an RDD, but are given a desired delivery date (DDD). Boat haulers often consolidate shipments to optimize equipment and keep cost to a minimum, therefore, pickup and DDD’s cannot be held firm. Commercial boat haulers only transport the boat. The service member pays any accessorial services.

b.  Member must be advised that when using a commercial boat hauler the boat must be picked up at a marina and delivered to a marina where a crane can be utilized to load and offload the boat. Arrangements and cost for the marina crane at origin and destination are the responsibilities of the member. Boats should not be over 13 feet high from keel to highest point on the bridge. Also, the member is responsible for dismantling bridges, spars, and masts to meet dimension requirements.

c.  Member must be advised that all personal items, such as clothing, electronic gear, TVs, skis, etc., not part of the structure, must be removed. All antennas and fishing/trolling poles must be lowered or removed.

d.  THERE IS NO SIT AUTHORIZED FOR BOATS MOVED BY COMMERCIAL BOAT HAULERS. This is due to the fact that they haul only from marina to marina. It is the member's responsibility to acquire storage for the boat at destination.

e.  Carrier will weigh boat and/or trailer and provide a weight ticket, which must be submitted with PPGBL/CBL for payment.

f.  Carrier will not pickup or move a boat without a PPGBL/CBL. Boat serial number or registration number.

g.  Member may purchase additional insurance for the movement by contacting their own insurance representative.

Storage-In-Transit (SIT) Is Allowed On Tow Away Boats Only
The holding of a shipment or portion thereof in a warehouse or storage facility for the purpose of storage, pending further transportation, onward movement or delivery to residence will be affected only at the request of the PPSO. The origin PPSO assigns SIT at the origin or en route and arranges with the carrier for release for delivery to final destination. The destination PPSO assigns the SIT control number for SIT at destination and arranges for delivery and any required destination services.

a.  When a boat is hauled using the tow -away method, it basically follows mobile home procedures for SIT. SIT can be either in a DOD-approved mobile home SIT facility or DOD-approved household goods SIT warehouse. When SIT is maintained in a mobile home facility, PPSO’s are requested to check the PPCIG, Volume 1, for appropriate storage facilities. Carriers may also place the boat and/or trailer in a storage yard at nearby marina, if SIT at that marina is less than the mobile home or household goods warehouse.

b.  The single factor rate includes delivery to destination after boat and/or trailer has been placed in SIT at a household goods carrier's warehouse. Therefore the tow away boat carrier that placed shipment in SIT must be contacted to move the shipment to destination, unless the member elects to hook up to the boat and tow it to destination.

c.  The placement of a tow -away boat, by PPSO, into a SIT facility and the release out of SIT will be accomplished in the same manner as mobile home shipments.

d.  When requesting a boat shipment, the PPSO must submit a requirement for SIT and the estimated total time the shipment is to remain in storage. SIT will be included as a determining factor in selecting the lowest cost carrier.

Non-temporary Storage (NTS)    
This term applies to the service for long term storage, other than SIT, of personal property at owner's or Government's expense. Water storage is not authorized.

a.  If boat is accepted by a NTS contractor, member is responsible for preparing for storage (clean, fuel purged, winterized, etc.).

b.  Member may elect to arrange for storage at own expense when PPSO is unable to make arrangements. The member can file a claim for reimbursement after withdrawal, dependant on his entitlement. Reimbursement will be in accordance with the JFTR and can be viewed at http://perdiem.hqda.pentagon.mil/perdiem/.

c.  Member may elect to include boat with NTS household goods. NTS contractor must accept boat if it is 14 feet and under without trailer. The NTS contractor is not obligated to accept a boat that is over 14 feet or with a trailer.

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