BoatWiki - Definitions
A haul out in boating terms can be defined as the process of removing a boat from the water. This can be implemented in a number of ways including hoists, rail systems, forklifts, and trailering. It could also be viewed as simply dragging the boat onto a beach.
Boats are hauled out for various reasons including bottom cleaning, repairs, inspections, surveys or dry storage. Salt water electrolysis, wood rot, corrosion and marine organisms are the worst enemy of boats that remain in the water for extended periods. Under these circumstances it must be hauled out on a regular basis for scheduled maintenance..
Most haul outs occur in a marina, boatyard, or launch ramp. The size of a boat will of course, dictate the manner in which performed. There are no particular regulations associated with boat haul out services other than perhaps occupational safety and environmental protection rules. Having insurance in place to cover any related mishaps is of course an underlying factor.
Haul outs can cause much damage if performed incorrectly. A boater should accordingly become practiced at loading onto a trailer or exercise due diligence in selecting a competent service. This is also an activity where patience, common sense and cool heads will prevail.
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5/1/2022 - Page initiated by Team BoatWiki.