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How Do I Ship A Boat?

How Do I Ship A Boat?
How Do 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.
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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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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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