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Boats & Yachts (Overseas)

Published by Joe Webster.

Boats & Yachts (Overseas)

International Boat Shipping: A Comprehensive Guide for Safe and Efficient Transport

International boat shipping is the process of transporting boats or watercraft across international borders. It involves the use of specialized vessels and shipping techniques to ensure the safe and secure transportation of boats. Over 280,000 boats are shipped across borders every year, and approximately 75% of all boats transported internationally are recreational vessels.

A-1 Auto Transport is a full-service domestic and international boat shipper that delivers to all corners of the world. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, we have the knowledge and expertise to provide top-notch service at an affordable price, no matter where your destination is. We transport a wide variety of boats, ships and other watercraft, including yachts, motorboats, jet skis, sailboats, catamarans, fishing boats, dinghies, houseboats, sport fishing boats, and all varieties of personal watercraft.

We provide maximum value to our customers by offering customized international boat shipping that’s tailored to the specific needs of our clients. We operate year-round and deliver boats to and from any country in the world, including the Port of Europe, the Middle East, the UK, New Zealand, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, Belgium, Africa, the United States, and other overseas locations, and provide excellent customer service, all while offering some of the lowest rates in the international shipping industry.

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Types of Boats That Can Be Shipped

We offer a wide range of services to our customers across various countries. We cater to different sizes of shipments and provide solutions for vehicle shipping, documentation, crating, and carrier selection. For instance, if you want to ship your car from the USA to a particular destination, we can help you with the necessary documentation, carrier selection, and shipping solutions based on the type and model of your vehicle. We also offer solutions for shipping things like kayaking equipment, which require special attention to weight and size restrictions. Our services are tailored to meet the unique needs of our customers, no matter where they are shipping to or what they are shipping.

Here are some of the many services our customers get access to:

  • Boat hauling & shipping
  • Yacht shipping
  • Shrink-wrapping & winterization services
  • Cargo insurance is included with every price quote
  • International boat transport
  • Customs clearance & validation
  • Inland transport from the harbor
  • Real-time status updates
  • Bill of lading & document assistance

Our boat shipping company provides shipping services for sailboats, kayaks, and other watercraft to anywhere in the world, including Spain and Asia. We offer a choice of logistics, freight, export and import services, and work with dealers and individuals alike. Our team can handle all necessary documents and ensure the safe transport of your valuable watercraft.

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Methods For Shipping A Boat Internationally

Boat shipping companies offer solutions for shipping boats, kayaks and other sailing equipment. They handle everything from dimensions and requirements to safety and speed. You can find a lot of details and reviews on shipping companies, cradles, trailers, steps, containers, and destinations. The most common shipping methods include:

  • Roll-on/Roll-off - When it comes to international boat shipment, the most commonly used method is RORO service, also known as roll-on/roll-off shipping. This option involves loading the boat onto the transport ship in either its cradle or boat trailer. We can provide cradle or trailer options for individuals who do not already have one, or we can create a customized trailer tailored specifically for the transportation process. It is important to note that the location and destination of the shipment will determine the availability of these options.
  • Lift on/Lift off - The lift-on/lift-off method uses a crane to securely place your boat on the transport vessel, either directly from the water or from a shipping terminal. The boat is placed in a cradle on the ship, where it is secured to the deck or cargo area before transport.
  • Containerized - Containerized transport is one of the more affordable ways to have a boat shipped internationally, but there are limitations regarding the size due to the specifications of the container. Typically, any boat wider or taller than eight feet will be too large to fit into a container. Due to the size limitations, container shipping is only available for smaller boats.
  • Flat Rack - A flat rack is used for larger boats and is used in tandem with a custom cradle, which is secured to the flat rack before transport. The entire flat rack (basically a non-enclosed container for boats) is then loaded onto the transport vessel and delivered.
  • Submersion - When considering the best solution for transporting a sailboat, several factors need to be taken into account. Semi-submersion transport may be the best course of action for something that is heavy or difficult to move. This solution involves guiding the sailboat onto a partially submerged transport ship, which is then elevated by draining water, allowing the boat to be loaded onto it.

Relevant Statistics

  • The global market for international boat shipping is valued at $9.7 billion.
  • Approximately 75% of all boats transported internationally are recreational vessels.
  • Over 280,000 boats are shipped across borders every year.
  • The average cost to ship a boat internationally ranges from $2,500 to $15,000 depending on size and distance.
  • Around 90% of international boat shipments are done through containerized shipping methods.

General Facts

  • International boat shipping is the process of transporting boats or watercraft across international borders.
  • It involves the use of specialized vessels and shipping techniques to ensure the safe and secure transportation of boats.
  • Different countries have specific regulations and requirements for importing and exporting boats, including documentation, customs duties, and inspections.
  • Boat owners can choose between different shipping methods like Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo), container shipping, or flat rack shipping to transport their boats internationally.
  • International boat shipping companies provide services such as loading, securing, and unloading boats, as well as handling customs paperwork to facilitate smooth transportation.

International Boat Transport Resources

Maritime Zones & Boundaries - A resource from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that explains maritime laws and zones for international waters.

Division For Ocean Affairs - Learn about the laws that govern international waters from the United Nations’ Division of Ocean Affairs, which defines how nations use the oceans of the world, as well as their rights and responsibilities.

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Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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