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How to Ship Boat across the Country

When you have to ship your boat across the country, ideally you want to find a service provider which is going to be specialized in this type of transportation as not all the companies are capable of handling it.

You might want to take a look at Better Business Bureau in order to ensure that the company is reputable enough. Online reviews are also helpful so make sure to check out for some honest opinions. If you have issues finding information for a certain service provider, feel free to ask around for actual references, especially if the company seems reliable.

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Preparation Basics

Prior to handing the boat to the professional shipping company, you might want to take a few things into account:

  • Measure the boat precisely.
  • Secure all of the compartments.
  • Remove or stow items such as electronics, antennas, anchors, flag masts and other valuables.
  • Drain the fuel tank and make sure to disconnect the alarms/electronics.

How to Properly Measure the Boat

There are three main components that you need to properly measure when you are shipping a boat across the country. They include:

  • Width – this is also referred to as the beam. That’s the distance of the widest part of the vessel, including the railings or the attachments.
  • Length – you need to measure from the front to the middle of the stern. It’s a particularly important metric as it’s going to impact the method of transportation
  • Height – you measure it from the keel to the highest part of the boat. It shouldn’t include the parts which are removable.


Since you most likely paid a lot for your boat, it's only right that you cover your investment by protecting the boat during travel time. For example, while it's on the road being pulled is one thing, but it's also a good idea to have protection while the vehicle is parked at night. If the boat is shrink-wrapped, it may tear while going down the highway and cause damage to others on the highway.

Certain Limitations

If your boat is rather oversized, you need to account for quite a few things. For instance, they might not be allowed on the roads during certain hours of the day and the driver is going to need to park on the side and wait it out. Furthermore, the insurance is also particularly important and you need to get the collaboration of the transportation company here.

Safe Shipment tips

The height of your boat is particularly important. A healer which has a very tall boat might actually keel over upon the slightest push. You need to trim off a few inches of the height of the boat if you want to counter this hazard. This is going to save you money and ensure higher levels of security. If you can cut back some height by removing some parts – do it.

Transporting with Ships

If you want to cruise through the South Pacific or the Mediterranean, you need a yacht transport ship. There are companies which can carry different cargo but keep in mind that the routes are usually pre-determined. So, if you want to get your boat to a certain location, you can expect to pay a few thousand bucks on top. If you, however, take an existing route, the price is going to be lower.

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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