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How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Boat?
How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Boat?

Own a boat?

Now that you have your own boat, all that you need is the ideal destination to sail it.  Unfortunately, as you cannot drive your boat on the road, the way you would do your car, you need professional help to make your cruise become a reality.  Boat transport cost is different from car transport cost as there are different factors to be considered for an estimate.  You cannot call up a truck service and ask them to haul your (oversized) boat to the destination.

Getting a Rough Estimate

Even before you start calling various companies, know how to calculate the cost of shipment.  An average sized boat, maybe around 12 feet wide, which has to be transported from Maine to Florida might cost around $7000 for shipment.  So first put down the width and even height of your boat down on paper.

Next, consider the point of origin, whether it is from the West or from the East as the base rate per mile will vary.  From the East, it will be $2 dollars per mile while from the West it will be $1.5 per mile.  If your boat is bigger than 9 feet, add an extra $.25 for each foot.  So if you have a 10-foot boat and you are starting from the East, your base rate per mile will be around $2.5.  Then multiply that cost by the total number of miles to be covered.  So you will pay $7500 for a 3000-mile journey.

Example Shipping Rates

Beam WidthQuote Price
Over 12'$2.75-$3.75 per mile
12'$2.50-$3.50 per mile
11'$2.25-$3.25 per mile
10'$2-$3 per mile
9'$1.75-$2.75 per mile
Smaller sizes$1.50-$2.50 per mile

* Prices are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and other factors. 

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Restrictions that You Will have to Face

The journey might start out well but for an oversized boat, there are many factors to be considered.  You have to be prepared for a few delays as in some states, big boats are not allowed on the road after a certain time.  So the driver will just have to park and wait for the next morning to resume the journey.  Also, insurance is a pretty big factor here and you will have to ask your insurer to collaborate with the moving company to make sure that everything is covered.

The Safety Factor

As the boat was a big investment on your part, make sure that the company that you choose knows how to take care of it.  The boat will not only have to be protected during the daytime but it will have to be protected while parked at night.  Some companies use shrink-wrapping but in case the wrapping has a small tear, it will blow about in the highway and might cause a lot of damage.

Tips for a Safe Shipment

The height of the boat is a crucial factor here and a hauler with a very tall boat might keel over with just the slightest push.  To counter this hazard, trim off a few inches from the height and you will not only save money but will also make the boat more secure.  If you can shorten the boat by removing parts like the flying bridge or hardtop, you can cut down on the boat shipping prices even more.

Transporting with Ships

When you want to cruise down the Mediterranean or the South Pacific, you will need a yacht transport ship.  Some companies will carry various cargo as well as yachts and so the number of ports that it will visit may be more.  This is good as then you will have more options regarding delivery date and destination.   When the ship’s route has to be customized to suit your route or destination port, then you can expect to pay a few thousands more.

When you take an already existing route, then your cost will also come down.  However, the only disadvantage you might face here will be unexpected delays due to weather.  To cut shipping costs even further, you can ship the yacht one way and then cruise back for the return trip.

Joe Webster
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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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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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