Shipping Methods and Services for a Boat

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Shipping Methods and Services for a Boat

Shipping Methods and Services for a Boat

It’s essential to know all your shipping methods and options for delivering a boat before you decide how you would like it shipped. Nearly every transport company is different but there are only so many ways to ship a boat safely to its destination whether by ground or sea.


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Customer service representatives for the shipping company should have the ability to breakdown each shipping method and service they offer for those looking to ship a boat nationally or internationally.

  • Lift On/ Lift Off – A crane is used to lift and lower the boat onto the ship transporting it. A cradle fastened to the deck will secure the yacht for its delivery process.
  • Roll On/ Roll Off – This is the least expensive and most common way to ship a water vessel and other large motorized vehicles. A cradle attached to the hauling vessel will help keep the boat secure during its travels.
  • Flat Rack – Large boats are usually transported through this method. The flat rack method is an open air delivery method for the boat and other water vessels. The vessel is secured on top of a customized cradle.
  • Containerized – This is one of the safest forms of transport, protecting the boat from all outside elements. However, most boats are too large to take advantage of this method.
  • Submersion – The boat will stay semi-submerged in the water as it is safely pulled to the carrier ship owned by the transport company. The vessel transporting it will then use durable transport equipment and technology to lift the boat aboard. Once it is boarded, it is fastened to the freight ship.
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 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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