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Boat Transport Near Me: Finding A Local Boat Shipper

Shipping a boat is no simple task and when you hire a company to transport it for you, ideally you want an experienced professional that’s local to your area. In some areas, this is easier than others; for example coastal areas tend to have more boat transporters than you’ll find in flyover states of the Midwest. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not doable—in fact it’s very doable if you know where to look and how to go about it.

Boat Transport Near Me

If you’re looking for a transport company that ships boats, one of the best places to start your search is Google Maps. Since you can search within a specific area (which is where are physically located by default), it’s much easier to find a local company that can handle the job. If a transport service has a local office, or better yet, is headquartered in your neck of the woods, that makes it much easier to contact them for a cost estimate and anything else you may need to discuss over the course of arranging shipping.

When you start the process of finding a reliable shipper to move your boat, you’ll want to do the same type of research and preparation you would with any other major expenditure. The best approach, in our experience, is to find a handful of local carriers and call them to make sure they can handle your specific type of boat, especially if it’s a larger boat. If your satisfied that they have the experience and capability of shipping your boat, it’s time to compare prices from the different options. This is an important step and something we recommend, even when customers contact us to do the job. Prices do vary and good savings can be had if you put in a little bit of time to find the best deal.

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How to Properly Prepare a Boat For Transport

Preparing your vessel for its transport is essential to its safety as well as the safety of all those transporting it. By preparing the boat properly, you can rest assured that it will arrive in the same condition it was in when you dropped it off with the transporter. Here are the steps you’ll want to follow:

  • Clean off the boat. Make sure it looks its best and that there is no dirt or grime. The shipper will document its condition before transport and this makes it easier.
  • Secure all latches including windows, doors, vents, cupboards and any other hatches or openings.
  • Make sure all personal items and valuables are removed. Also, remove any hazardous or flammable items that may be on board
  • Disable anything powered by electrical or gas. Make sure all batteries are also disconnected.
  • Secure all loose cables, ropes, and gear.
  • Have the boat winterized if it’s being shipped during colder months.
  • Have all necessary documentation ready for the transport company.

If you follow the steps outlined above, you’ll have smooth sailing with the shipper and ensure that your boat is transported without any problems, complications or delays along the way.

Boat Transport Resources

Information About Shipping Boats - Our official boat transport page is chock full of information about the process, options, time and cost estimates, and much more. Highly recommended reading for anyone before they partner with a transport company.

Best Boating Destinations - Some of the best boating spots in the world, including several international locations and top destinations for boaters in the U.S.


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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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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
★★★★★

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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