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Container Boat Shipping

What's in this article?
  1. What Is The Container Boat Shipping?
  2. What Exactly Is It?
  3. How Your Boat Is Loaded Onto A Shipping Container
  4. Advantages Of Opting For Container Boat Shipping
Boat Is Loaded Onto A Shipping Container

What is the Container Boat Shipping?

A boat is considered a prized possession. While there are well above 239.8 million cars in the U.S, there are only about 12.5 million boats in the U.S. That number does not even come close to an eighth of the number of cars in the country. Why? Boats are expensive. Really expensive. While few people can afford that luxury, even fewer have access to private lakes and public harbors along the coastline.

Boat owners know too well how delicate these floating vessels can be, making the whole process of shipping them from one location to another a stressing hassle. Professional automotive transporting firms like ours; A-1 Auto Transport Inc. exist to make your life easier. We have over two decades of experience in boat shipping to many locations around the globe.

There are several methods of shipping your boat, including:

  • Flat Rack – Which involves transporting a boat on an openly sided rack.
  • Roll-on/Roll-off – which involves transporting the boat in a ship while it’s on its trailer.
  • Enclosed Container – Which involves transporting the boat inside a closed cargo container.
  • Lift on/Lift off – Which involves using cranes to directly load the boat onto the transporting ship.

We are going to take a comprehensive look at Container Boat Shipping.

What exactly is it?

The use of intermodal containers to transport automotive and precious cargo is one of the earliest techniques used in sea transportation. In regards to boat shipping, we load your boat into an enclosed cargo container, then the entire cargo container is loaded onto the container ship by use of special cranes. The containers are rectangular in shape and enormous, some going as big as a store’s front parking yard. Picture three trailer tracks packed in a single file; yes, that long, then picture two trailer tracks packed beside each other; yes, that wide.

Universally, there are different sizes of shipping containers; the standard 20’, the standard 40’, the standard 45’ and a High cube 40’. However, the enclosed nature of them poses a restriction on the size and number of boats each can accommodate.

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The containers are made of hardened stainless steel or other hardened metal that is resistant to oxidation or rusting, like corrugated weathering steel. The inside is made in a manner to accommodate precious cargo like boats with the most minimum possibility of scratching, denting or scrapping them. The floor is padded with plywood for the same reason.

Container Boat Shipping Advantages

How your boat is loaded onto a shipping container

Containers have a solid volume, dictating the surface area it offers. Therefore, the size of your boat matters. Boats measuring about 36’ in length and 2.59 meters in width are the most ideal to opt for while seeking container boat shipping. The shipping containers may differ in length, but the width is standard about 2.6 meters. A boat of about 18’ can be transported inside a 20’ container while 36’ boats are transported in 40’ ones.

For boats with a width larger than 2.59 meters in width prove to be slightly more difficult to load into the shipping container. This is not to mean that your boat shall be left out in the cold, no, not at all. On the contrary, we are always at your service for such reasons. Our qualified technical team has sufficient training to fit your boat into the limited space.

The standard height of intermodal shipping containers is 2.59 meters for the standard 20’ & 40’ and 2.87 meters for the cubed ones. That is more than sufficient space to accommodate a boat height-wise. We take advantage of this and use our custom-built shipping cradle to turn your boat on its side and load it into the container at an angle. It will fit perfectly and even leave room for any extras.

You may have concerns about the safety of your boat especially when it’s tilted. Worry not, we use special security techniques to strap and secure your boat onto the container and especially for tilted ones. The strapping is designed to guarantee the boat will remain in position all through the entire voyage.

Normal safety measures of preparing a boat for transportation apply, and especially for this boat tilting technique. All liquids including fuel and water are drained to the last drop to avoid unnecessary damages.

Advantages of opting for Container boat shipping

  • Enclosed containers envelope your boat, protecting it from elements all through the journey.
  • It eliminates the need to buy a shrink wrapper.
  • If you own several small boats, you can use just one container to transport them at a go, saving you a lot of expenses.
  • Extra space in the container can be utilized by shipping your extra belongings.
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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. 

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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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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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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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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