How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Non-Operable Boat?

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How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Non-Operable Boat?

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Typical Shipping Prices- How Much Does It Cost?

  • Non-operable boats may cost around $1000 to $10000 on average. The rates you receive reflect the distance, the difficulty of the transport, the labor and equipment needed, and the services chosen to deliver the non-op vessel.
  • It is the lifting of the boat out of water that causes the most concern for transporters especially when the boat is inoperable. Expect fees for extra labor and the special use of equipment for non-operable boats being shipped.

Obviously any person with a lack of knowledge will assume that the transport services for a non-operable boat are out of reach for them. This is far from the truth though. All professional transport companies keep their rates set affordably. The high demand for transport services allows them to maintain such low prices. No matter how cheap the quote you’re given, you can expect that your non-operable boat is handled with nothing but professionalism and caution.

Call the transporters if you wish to collect quotes. Calling in is more personable and it gives you the opportunity to ask questions. Any longstanding transporter will have responsive, well-educated customer service reps taking phone calls. They should even have the ability to customize your transport.


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Collecting Quotes and Comparing Transporters

Only collect quotes from the transport professionals that offer non-op boat transport and other helpful services. These companies should maintain a positive reputation for their services as a licensed transport service in the area. They should also have a clean, informational website with current contact information.

Make sure that you give the transport company as many details as possible about your boat. Include that it is inoperable and explain the vessel’s condition. They’ll then understand the complexity of the transport and determine what tools are needed to retrieve the boat and have it delivered. You can expect that a non-operable boat’s shipping process is more costly than that of an operable or unharmed boat.

In most cases the shipping company will ask for the boat’s dimensions and the addresses for both the pickup and drop off. Have all details prepared ahead of time to make the process of collecting quotes even faster. After comparing prices and services, contact the company of your choice and book your non-op boat’s transport right away.

Joe Webster

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.

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