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Boat Shipping Services

Boat Shipping Services
Boat Shipping Services

Boat Transport Company

With over a decade of experience in the industry, we have the knowledge and expertise to provide top notch service at an affordable price, no matter where your destination. We transport a wide variety of boats, ships and other watercraft including the following:

  • yacht delivery
  • motorboats
  • jet skis
  • sailboats
  • charter ships
  • catamarans
  • fishing boats
  • dinghies
  • pontoon boats
  • houseboats
  • sport fishing boats
  • oversize loads
  • personal watercraft

If you're curious about the cost to ship a boat, we're always happy to offer FREE estimates to all prospective customers.

We offer a wide variety of full-service boat and yacht transport services, including shrink wrapping, RoRo shipping, overland transport and more! Here are the details of our more popular boat moving services:

  • Shrink Wrapping: Prevents moisture from damaging your boat and keeps out salt, which can cause damage from abrasion, as well as harm the interior of watercraft.
  • Roll On, Roll Off: Load your vessel onto one of our carriers with ease using the roll on, roll off method. This requires the boat be secured to a trailer which is then wheeled on to the transport carrier, delivered to its destination, and wheeled off.
  • Overland Transport: If you need to ship a boat from an inland location to a shipping port, whether within the continental U.S. or to a port in another country, we can handle that too!
  • Interstate Boat Shipping: We have a wide selection of state to state transport options, including flat rack coast to coast, long distance and cross country shipping, as well as door to door interstate haulers delivery to all 50 states.
  • International Yacht Transport: We don’t just relocate boats in the United States, we also deliver to ports and shipping locations around the world.
  • Full-Service Moving: We transport watercraft for private owners, dealers, corporate clients, brokerages, and manufacturers. We specialize in moving sail boats, power boats, and yachts, but we can accommodate shipping requests of any kind.

Call us to speak to a transport specialist or fill out our FREE online quote form to get an instant estimate sent right to your inbox! We offer discounts and competitive pricing within the United States and around the globe. If you're looking for a reputable company that provides the best boat transport service in the industry, look no further!

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Time & Cost To Transport A Boat

Shipping To/FromCostDistanceTransit Days
Los Angeles to Las Vegas$740270 miles2-4 days
Chicago to Memphis$1455530 miles2-4 days
Atlanta to Detroit$1995725 miles3-5 days
San Diego to Dallas$37401360 miles4-6 days
Phoenix to Seattle$39201425 miles4-6 days
Houston to New York$44801630 miles5-7 days
Miami to Denver$56802065 miles6-8 days
Portland to Memphis$61752245 miles6-8 days
Boston to Phoenix$72852650 miles7-9 days
San Jose to Miami$84403070 miles7-9 days

*Prices and times are estimated. The cost to ship a boat depends on the season and the other factors that figure into the total shipping cost for boat transport.

*Rates are based on an 11 ft. boat.

*Call us for specific date requests and we'll have a crew member get back to you as soon as possible.

The Basics Of Preparation | The Boat Shipping Process

Before turning over your boat to a professional boat transport company, there are a few things you’ll need to do in order to prepare it for moving. The basics of what you’ll need to do are covered below to have your boat ready for transport.

*Always ask the boat transport company if you have any questions, or if you are unsure about any part of the preparation or process.

  • Drain the fuel tank & disconnect any electronic components, including the alarm
  • Remove or stow all loose items including the following: antennas, electronics, propellers, anchors, flag masts and valuables
  • Secure all compartments, windows, doors and hatches inside the boat
  • Accurately measure your boat (see below)

Zebra mussel advisoryZebra mussels are an invasive species that not only wreak havoc in the ecosystems they infiltrate, but also cause considerable problems for commercial and industrial pipelines when they cluster. Check your vessel thoroughly or risk facing a hefty fine and possible jail time for spreading them. Zebra mussels are especially common in the Great Lakes area.

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How To Properly Measure Your Boat Before Transport

In order to get an accurate quote for boat hauling, it’s important that proper measurements be taken so we can determine your specific needs, the cost to transport your boat, and provide the best service possible. If you need some guidance on what information we'll need, here's a simple breakdown of what's needed:

  • Boat length should be measured from the front of the bow to the middle of the stern. This is an important measurement to have since it can impact the method of transport and the type of carrier that we use.
  • Boat height is measured from the keel (the lowermost structural beam) to the highest part of the vessel. The highest point should not include any removable parts of the boat.
  • Boat width, also known as a beam, is the distance between the widest part of the vessel and should include any railings or attachments.

A-1 Auto Transport is the best boat transport company in the business, whether you need a boat shipped from the East Coast to the West Coast, or if you need to ship a boat overseas. We're here to provide top-of-the-line service to or from any location around the world!

Top 10 Boat Transport Companies of 2021

Hiring a reliable boat hauling company is the best option to ship a vessel without any problems. While it may tempting to do the job yourself, especially if have your own boat trailer, shipping longer distances is best down with the help of professionals. Pro boat shippers have their own trailer that's specially designed for your particularly type of boat, as well as for the rigors of a long distance shipment.

Most boats are expensive and any valuable investment requires careful handling and attention during shipping, which is a service we have provided for many years. The job of any boat shipping company should be to help the owner to efficiently and safely deliver to the desired destination at a reasonable shipping cost.

Once you've determined your boat shipping needs and taken all necessary measurements, it's time to contact transport companies to get a price quote. With that in mind, here are the Top 10 Boat Transport Companies from 2021, including the most prominent names in the industry and the best in class services available.

Get a FREE, no obligation to buy price quote for your shipment. We are full service boat haulers with more than a decade of experience transporting boats to locations throughout the U.S. and overseas. Whether you need to transport a boat from Rhode Island to North Carolina, or from California to Spain, we're here for all your boat hauling needs!

Have questions about measuring your vessel or the cost of shipping it? Call us today at 1-800-452-2880 or fill out the online submission form to get an affordable, real-time price quote for FREE!

Best Boat Transport Resources

Boater Education - An active forum for boating enthusiasts that has helpful tips and advice, as well as information on clubs and boater safety. You'll find a wealth of information on this forum that covers everything from winterizing your boat to regional clubs and boating interests.

Boating Magazine - Information on boating news, equipment, repairs and more from one of the leading online voices in the boating community. Boating Magazine especially caters to those looking for reviews and boaters with an inclination towards do-it-yourself projects.

Boat Owners Association of the United States - An association of boat owners that advocates for the boating community across the United States. They provide services such as boat insurance, loans, discount programs, as well as a host of informational topics of interest to boaters.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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.

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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