With the right knowledge and preparation, shipping a boat can be simple. Although one would think that shipping a boat is just like car transport, there are a few unique things to consider. Take a look at uShip's cost-to-ship index tool to view past boast transport transactions and familiarize yourself with uShip's process.
We suggest you begin the planning process for shipping your boat at least a month before your ship date. This will give you enough time to research your options on boat trailers, choosing a boat carrier, shopping for quotes and how to best prepare your boat for pickup. You should hire your boat carrier and confirm pickup and drop off dates at least two weeks in advance.
For international boat shipping you need to give more time for carriers to research quotes and for you to properly prepare your boat for the extended transport. Before gathering boat transportation quotes, you will need to know a few boat measurements to receive an accurate estimate. It is important to gather precise measurements when measuring your boat to ensure proper transportation and eliminate costly fees. With this information, a boat transporter can provide a quote for boat shipping that includes licenses and permits.
The best way to ensure that you only receive the most accurate bids from the most capable boat transporters is to build a fully-detailed listing. Include measurements and photos, listing any special requirements your boat transport may have.
After contracting a boat transporter, you will need to prepare your boat for shipment. This includes securing any loose items and taking precautions to avoid travel damage. Consult your preferred marina or boat yard for specific questions on how to prepare a boat for transport. Before you hand your boat over to your movers, make sure you know what to expect from a boat transport service. You can rest assured that if you take the time to prepare your boat and communicate with your boat mover, your boat will arrive safely at its new destination.
Review your chosen transporter's insurance coverage before you hand over your boat. Feel free to verify coverage details through the Department of Transportation's SAFER System. We also recommend obtaining your own coverage for added protection for your boat. Visit the uShip Cargo Insurance page to learn more about how cargo insurance works to protect you.
The FMCSA requires all legal transporter's to carry a minimum amount of insurance and to be able to provide their shipping customers with written proof of said insurance. Make sure you have the written proof of insurance in your hands before you hand over your boat for shipment. Review the details listed on the certificate and ask any questions you may have at this time.