All standing rigging, turnbuckles, mastheads, antennas, spreaders, wires, winches, wind indicators, and lights must be removed from the mast after it is un-stepped and prior to Transport. Carpet should be provided for the mast at the points of tie down. Expect some chafing at these points. If the mast is painted, it is almost impossible to keep the paint from chafing. The carrier will not pay to repaint masts if chafing occurs. Do not secure the mast to the boat unless it is discussed with the hauler the mast is to be secured on the top of the boat, it is the customer’s responsibility to make sure that the mast will not move. It should be secured side-to-side and front and back. The Transport company will make sure that the mast is tight before Transport. However, it is not Transport companies’ responsibility to lash it down entirely unless customer has requested him to do so at an additional cost. Life lines, stanchions, bow and stern pulpits should be removed if they render the boat over height, generally over 12' keel to highest point not on the carrier’s trailer. On centerboard sailboats, make sure the board is secured and will stay up in Transport. Keel sailboats may expect some separation where the keel joins the hull. This is not structural damage, but rather is the paint or filler cracking at the joint. Light built or racing sailboats can expect some hull indentation from the support pads. These indentations generally disappear when the boat is returned to the water.