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How Do I Ship A Boat?
How Do I Ship A Boat?

This is How I Ship A Boat

To most people, boats are a luxury that cannot be afforded. That is the exact reason why boat owners are faced with a predicament of how to ship a boat safely to either a port, a buyer’s location or simply to their new home in another state. A single dent can cost you a fortune. Worse yet, it goes unnoticed and your precious boat takes in water, causing even more damage. Well, worry not. A-1 Auto Transport has over 25 years of experience in boat transport services. We have the best tips and advice; all you need to know about transporting your boat.

Sort your insurance out

Every responsible person knows the importance of an insurance cover. This point can’t be stressed enough, unless you wish to know the less popular meaning of BOAT, “Blow off another Thousand”. Of course, auto transport companies have freight insurance from FMCSA Insurance compliance, but you can never be too safe.

Measure your boat

A key will only fit into its designed key hole. You need to get the correct measurements of your boat before anything else. This will determine critical decisions like what shipping options are available for your boat. Really big boats may not fit into standard containers. The Boat width, height, and length, all add up to the particulars the boat movers personnel will need to calculate your quote and prepare their tools.

Do your personal research

Rome was not built in one day, and neither is shipping a boat, practically speaking. You don’t wake up one day and decide you want to transport your boat. No, it needs adequate planning, saving, and preparation. Get online and find out boat moving companies near you. The best boat moving companies are depicted by the services they offer. One simple way of picking the right shipping firm for you is the optics. Does it stand out from the rest? How does it rank in review forums? Review companies can help you on that.

Another way to filter the men from the boys in the boat moving industry is by checking their policies. Trusted movers offer GPS tracking services and are regulated by the US Department of Transportation through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Auto transport companies regulated by FMCSA are required by law to register financial obligation through an auto transport insurance policy as A-1 Auto Transport does.

Explore your shipping options

A proper auto transport company offering boat shipping services will offer different shipping options. The most common include:

  • Enclosed Container - Boats are shipped in a container. This option is available for standardly sized boats. Make sure to check out if your carrier offers different sizes of containers. This is used for both inland and international boat shipping.
  • Submersion – This option involves direct loading and unloading of your boat from the water. It is mostly convenient for persons living by the lakes or the coastal regions.
  • Flat Rack – This is the best option for the oversized boats. The technical team comes and assesses the boat, gets the dimensions and brings over a custom cradle for shipping. The boat is then strapped onto the rack, secured, and transported.
  • Overland Transport – This is boat shipping from an inland location to a port within the U.S or into another port in another country.
A-1 Auto Transport ships worldwide. Click Here or call to get a free, no obligation to buy, price quote for your shipment.

For more information on the full-service boat and yacht transport services that A-1 Auto Transport offers, check out our boat shipping services.

Get a Quotation

Most boat shipping companies offer online quoting services. This is a great feature to help you budget for the actual transport. Distance, shipping option, and size of the boat, are all factors that play a role in determining the final number. A-1 Auto Transport gives a comprehensive boat transporting calculator.

Make an appointment

After taking care of all the mentioned attributes, there is nothing else left to do but to seal the deal. Contact the shipping company you have settled for through their contacts and book a shipping appointment. The actual loading, transit, and offloading are normally taken care of by the shipping crew. To book a boat shipping appointment with A-1 auto transport, simply click here to contact us.

Track your shipping

You can trust the shipping company to keep the end of their bargain. However, for peace of mind, utilize the GPS tracking services offered and watch the progress of your transit in real time. This will help you to plan better and to liaise with whoever is to pick up or receive the boat upon arrival.

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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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Satisfied Customers

“I am meticulous when it comes to everything. At first, I was thinking of just driving all the way to Illinois from New Jersey. A friend recommended me to go to A1 Auto Transport and told me a lot of good things about them. I refused initially because I had filed a 4 day leave just to drive and visit my mother. But things did not go well. My boss asked me to cancel my leave because a very important client asked for an urgent meeting, and the manager could not attend to it. I was hopeless and took the risk of asking help from A1. The notice was short and I forgot I needed to inform them in advance. After a couple of hours, I received a call and they told me they found a way to book me with no extra fees. I am so thankful I got to attend to my work matters. I did not get to see my mother, but the vehicle and items inside it were in perfect condition as if it was me who took care of it. I owe you guys big time! I got one huge deal from our client.”

“The plan was to ship my car from California to Utah. I went through nearly 20 quotes after using an auto shipping site which linked to a bunch of brokers. Finally, I found A1 Auto Transport, a company with its own trucks with great reviews. I was sold. Joe was very competent, gave off the impression he’d done this a million times, and it really showed throughout the transport. He listened to my request carefully, offered me several options, stayed in touch during the transport, and made sure I was happy with everything. Overall, a great company which I would definitely recommend to others!”

“I’m so glad I met you Joe!! A truly fortunate experience. Having to transport a car to Minnesota, I was stunned to see the company, who was supposed to take care of it, just vanish. I couldn’t reach them anymore, like they went bankrupt overnight. However, I was lucky enough to not pay anything, so I simply researched some more until I found A1 Auto Transport. Joe answered my call the first time and we soon agreed on a date and a quote. Unfortunately, I got caught up in work and forgot about it. The order was not confirmed, so Joe must’ve thought I changed my mind. I called him the next day and arranged for a new date. This time, I made a note on my phone and it went well. I replied to his email this time, and the driver arrived at a parking lot down the street on time, as promised. The driver was nice enough to not mention my previous mistake. He delivered my car in just 3 days. Upon careful inspection, there were no scratches or damage done to it during transport. Joe was there along with the driver and they both waited patiently until I was satisfied. Thanks!”

“A1 Auto is kind of like your favourite mom and pop pizza parlour, the one you can’t get enough of despite all the new, expensive avant-garde pizza shops that have mushroomed conspicuously across the entire neighbourhood and seem to have taken over the whole world...but not you. Because you value quality and genuine customer service, and know this business understands and works doubly hard to give you your money’s worth. I’ve been using A1 Auto Transport whenever I left California for business: they may not be the cheapest car transporters around, but the sheer professionalism, dedication, and heart they put into their work is just amazing and worth my every dime. I’m probably one of the most sceptical people you would ever meet. I’m rarely convinced when bombarded with dubious, self-congratulating ads of companies that look like they’ve spent tons of money on marketing materials just to lure your average guy in. A1 Auto Transport is the complete opposite of these companies. My car always arrived promptly on schedule, never with a hint of scratch or dirt or damage, and they keep me updated every step of the process. When you’ve found a company whose genuine care for their customers comes naturally, you stand by them no matter what. It’s the most logical thing to do.”

“A1 Auto Transport helped me move a vehicle to Iowa from Houston. I was a bit nervous, no knowing much about such services. Thanks to Joe, I was able to clear the fog a little. He answered all my questions and explained everything in a way that left no room for interpretation. The details were straightforward. I picked Sunday as the pickup date, since I wasn’t at work, and they accommodated me. The truck arrived an hour early, yet the driver patiently waited for me to arrive. He thoroughly checked my car for scratches or anything that might affect the transport then drove it onto the truck. I was given a 2 day time window during which the car was supposed to arrive in, and it got to Iowa in the evening of the first day. The trip didn’t damage it at all. Next time a friend wants to move, I’ll surely recommend A1 Auto Transport.”

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