Boat Shipping Cost per Mile

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Boat Shipping Cost per Mile

You are a proud owner of a boat; you now need to find a place that you want to sail to. Since boats cannot go on the highway, you will need to hire a professional to transport your boat for you. Shipping a boat is different from shipping a car and there are a few factors that you will need to decide on in order to finalize your plans and determine how much you will pay.

You will also need to rely on a professional who is equipped to haul boats as some transporters are built for cars and trucks only. Boats are oversized and depend on a transporter who can handle the width and length.
When you are searching Boat shipping cost per mile, you also need to determine how your costs will be calculated. You should have an idea of how to come up with this figure before you hire anyone to haul for you so you know what to expect. If your boat is on average, twelve feet wide, and needs to be transported from Maine to Florida, it could cost you $7000 for shipping costs. Before you begin, measure your boat to get an accurate height and width.

If your boat is more than nine feet in length, you will need to add an extra twenty-five cents per foot. If your boat is ten foot long and you are driving from the east, your rate per mile will cost you $2.50. Multiply that number by the total number of miles that the boat is driven. If you are traveling 3,000 miles, you will pay $7,500 total. To determine the cost of shipping, or to know boat shipping cost per mile, you simply multiply the rate by the miles.

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Restrictions to Consider.

Depending on where you will be shipping your boat, you will most likely experience some delays when you go from state to state. One rule that will cause delays is boats that are large in size cannot be on the roads after a certain time of day/night. The driver hauling the boat will need to part and wait for morning to continue the journey. Insurance is also a very important factor and you will need it in order to move your boat. That will answer your question on boat shipping cost per mile.

Shipping Tips.

It’s important to consider the height of the boat when determining the hauler size you will need to transport it. You could trim down the height and save yourself some money if your height is barely over the limit. If you can shorten the boat by taking a few parts off the boat, such as the flying bridge or the hardtop, you will decrease the boat shipping expense. However, don’t scrimp on marine insurance.


You will need a yacht transport ship if you want to head toward the Mediterranean or the South Pacific. Some transport companies will haul a variety of cargo including yachts in order to increase the number of ports that they can stop at. This will give you, as a consumer, more options to choose from when determining the date of delivery and your destination. If you need to customize the route in order to suit your needs, this will most likely cost you more money compared to if you choose an existing route instead. Weather is always unpredictable so if you are transporting your boat, you. Need to consider that the weather could cost you several delays. You may want to choose to transport your yacht one way and then drive it back on the return trip to help reduce the cost of transporting.

Joe Webster

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.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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