So the vacation is finally around the corner, and you can’t wait to go cruising in your power boat. But the hurdle is that you need to ship it to the next state to enjoy the deep seas. Power boats have high power-to-weight ratios which increases their speed levels. Their hull designs also enhance speed and improve handling. The shape of a power boat is usually very streamlined minimizing resistance and drag and therefore increases their speed. If you own a power boat or you just bought one, you won’t be disappointed by their speeds.
Compared to air freight, shipping your boat is ridiculously cheap, but due to their intricate features, power boats require extra care during shipping. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about shipping a power boat.
There is a process to follow
1.Listing your boat for transport
Shipping experts recommend that you start the planning process at least four weeks before the shipping date. Planning earlier will give you enough time to look at the different boat trailers, compare quotes from different carriers and choose the best boat transporter. Once you hire your boat transporter, you should confirm the dates for pickup and drop-off at least two weeks before.
To receive an accurate price quote, you will need to give your carrier the boat measurements. The measurements must be precise so that the carrier provides you with an actual price quote that is inclusive of the required licenses and permits. If you’re shipping the boat internationally, you may need to give your transporters more time to prepare the quotes for you. The best way to get accurate bids from carriers is to build a fully-detailed listing. You’ll need to include measurements, photos, and any other requirements your power boat may have.
2. Preparing your power boat for shipment
Preparation for a powerboat shipment generally entails removing the radar on the arch, canvas, and props. You will also need to lower the antennas and secure them. Depending on your boats overall height measuring from the lowest part of the boat to the highest point, you may need to remove some super structures such as the windscreen, the fly bridge, and any other loose items and ship them separately to avoid damage.
If you get stuck preparing your power boat, consult your transporter on how to prepare it. Before you hand over your power boat to the transporters, make sure you know what to expect from their services. Review the transporters insurance coverage before you release the boat. A sound insurance coverage should cover your ship for all types of possible damages while in transit, including natural catastrophes such as lightning, fire, sinking, etc. In addition to your transporters insurance, you could also get your own coverage for added protection. The more your power boat is worth, the more crucial the type of insurance becomes. In the event of calamities, if the transporter has an umbrella policy, the better protected you are financially.
Ensure that you obtain a written proof of insurance from your transporter before shipment. Review it thoroughly and ask any questions before the shipping date. At the very least, try and get quotes on various policies so you can make an informed decision on which policy to go with.
When shipping a power boat, you need to choose the best transporter.
These are the things you should be looking for:
- Experience and confidence - With experience comes confidence. Shipping a powerboat is a delicate process so you can’t afford to compromise on the transporters experience. A transporter that lots of experience shipping boats is always a better pick.
- Safety and Dependability - What are the carrier’s safety measures and regulations? Safe and dependable power boat delivery doesn’t come by chance. You need to review the contract very carefully.
- Customer ratings and reviews- Read the transporters reviews online and only settle for a company that has high ratings. Positive reviews are indicators that the transporter has earned customers confidence as a result of successful boat deliveries.
- Are they a boat transportation specialist? - Here, look at whether the transporter has the right equipment and personnel needed for moving power boats. A shipping company that transports trucks and trailers only will be ill-suited for transporting your power boat.
- Customer care: How they treat you tells you how much they value their customers. You don’t hire a transporter who has communication issues. Throughout the transit, a good transporter should keep you updated. And of course, transporter or any other service company should wow you with their customer care
If need to know anything else about shipping a power boat, we are here to help. Feel free contacting us.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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