If you’re planning a move to Hawaii, you may have already considered how great it would be to have a boat to take advantage of the water surrounding the islands. If you already own a boat, we can ship it for you. With more than 20 years of experience shipping boats to Hawaii, we can have your boat, yacht, sailboat, kayak, pontoon boat, ski boat, Jet Skis and other aquatic machines shipped to Hawaii in no time at all.
If you don’t already own a boat, you might have considered buying a boat in Hawaii but that can be very expensive and even with the shipping fees you will need to pay for overseas transport, you will most likely pay far less than if you waited until you reached Hawaii to buy a new or used boat on the island. You will also have a far larger selection of boats to choose from on the mainland than you will once you get to Hawaii.
Depending on the size of the boat and the mode of transport used to ship as well as the distance between ports, you can expect to pay upwards of $2000 to ship a boat to Hawaii. To get an accurate rate however, you will need to speak to a transport agent and provide detailed information about your boat and other information necessary to ship it for you.
How Boats Are Shipped to Hawaii
A boat can be shipped to Hawaii with either LoLo or RoRo shipping.
LoLo boat shipping is best for yachts and larger boats and a crane is used to lift the boat onto the cargo ship for transport to Hawaii. Because someone must use a crane and lift the boat onto another vessel, LoLo can be a more expensive way to move a boat overseas, but it is safe and is ideal for larger boats. If you are shipping during the winter when weather is colder, it’s a good idea to shrink wrap your boat prior to shipping overseas to keep it secure.
RoRo boat shipping works in much the same way that RoRo shipping for cars works and it is the most popular way to have a boat shipped to Hawaii. With RoRo, boats are rolled onto the cargo ship on their trailer and secured in place for shipment. When the ship reaches the port in Hawaii, the boat and trailer are rolled off again. If you have a large boat without a trailer, you will need to purchase a custom-made trailer or build one before it can be loaded onto the RoRo ship.
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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.