Boats come in all shapes and sizes, from small fishing boats to oversize yachts. Different factors may come into play when you need to ship a large boat. It becomes an oversized or wide load if it doesn’t fit standard dimensions. Large boat transport requires extra paperwork and permits for transport. If you need loading assistance, such as cranes, Auto Movers Choice can provide that for you. We pair you with a driver with experience shipping large boats so you’re confident in the transport. Planning out the best route ahead of time is essential. This way, any hazards, such as low bridges, and high tolls can be avoided. Shipping large boats requires extra attention to detail, and we always provide that at Auto Movers Choice
Before the boat shipping can commence, pictures of the boat should be taken to document its condition. All gear aboard needs to be removed or secured in such a way that it can't move around during transport. Hatches, doors, and windows also need to be secured and, where possible, locked in place. Bimini tops and other removable structures should be taken down and securely stowed. Batteries should be disconnected, and if possible, removed. Finally, the fuel, holding, and water tanks should all be drained and drain plugs should be removed from the hull.
If you have the budget for shrink-wrapping the boat, it will go a long way in protecting the interior and keeping things like seats, carpets, and windows clean. In any case, you have to expect a boat that's been hauled down the highway to arrive dirty. However, shrink-wrapping prior to boat transport can make a huge difference. It can also help prevent the theft of items inside the boat.
Policies vary and yours may, but many don't. Even though the boat shipping company will carry liability insurance, it won't necessarily cover the value of your boat. You should ask ahead of time and consider purchasing additional coverage if necessary.
This ranges widely, depending on the distance of the trip and the size of the boat. An overland boat transport ranges from a few hundred dollars for a short haul to several thousand dollars going cross-country. Yacht transport can range up to tens of thousands of dollars, especially if the yacht delivery is international.
In most cases, you don't need to be at the pick-up or delivery as long as the boat has been properly measured and prepared. However, if you can't get to the boat to prep it for transportation, you can often get the Auto Movers Choice “white glove” services. This means they will do the preparation, as well as the hauling.