Cost of Shipping a Boat Overseas
Two of the major cost factors involved in shipping a boat overseas are size and weight. Heavier cargo is more expensive to ship—no surprise there—and that’s just as true for boats as it is any other type of vehicle. Size becomes a factor when a boat requires some sort of special preparation due to the dimensions or other aspects that may prevent it from being shipped and loaded in a standard fashion.
How Your Boat Is Shipped
The method used to ship your boat can have an affect on the price, mainly for the size-related reasons mentioned above. Most boats are shipped either in an enclosed container or using roll-on, roll-off (RORO) transport. Boats can also be loaded directly onto a transport ship using submersion loading. For larger sized boats that are shipped overseas, they may need to be shipped in their own cradle, which usually costs a bit more.
Shipping Location & Destination
Where you’re shipping your boat to and from are a major determinant of price as well. The more distance involved, the more you can expect it to cost and you also need to take into account which port in the U.S. is the best option. For example, if you’re shipping a boat to Europe, it’s going to be cheaper and more sensible to transport from the East Coast. That said, it does mean you need to consider the costs of getting the boat to the appropriate port.
Requirements & Planning For Overseas Boat Shipping
Documents - Required documents are one of the most important things to keep in mind when shipping any vehicle to another country. This goes for both yourself and your boat. Naturally, the requirements are slightly different from country to country, but here are the general expectations for most countries:
- Passport or license
- Copy of boat title
- Invoice or bill of sale
- Bill of lading (BOL) & transport documents
- Visa (if needed)
- Proof of insurance
- VAT certificate
Projected Costs - It’s difficult to estimate the cost of transporting a boat since they come in a large variety of sizes, shapes, and weights. As a general rule—and again, this will vary based on many things—you can expect to pay several thousand dollars to ship a boat to another country. If your boat is small enough to fit into a shipping container, that is definitely the most cost-effective way to go. For others, we strongly recommend getting an estimate based on the specifics of your boat, timeframe, and destination.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.