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What To Expect When Shipping A Boat

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  1. Preparation Is Part Of It
  2. Know Your Dimensions
  3. Explore Pricing Options
  4. Be Patient
What To Expect When Shipping A Boat

Transporting a boat, or any type of watercraft for that matter, involves a few extra wrinkles that make it more complicated than shipping other types of vehicles. As you know, boats and yachts come in a wide range of sizes and dimensions, which can make it a challenge to ship types of boats, or even to transport to certain locations. While the process is essentially the same as other types of vehicle shipping, there are laws in place which regulate how large of a cargo load can be driven in certain areas. Similarly, the process of loading and unloading a boat from a transport carrier or ship can be very labor intensive or require specialized equipment in some cases. 

Preparation Is Part of It

Another aspect of shipping a boat that is different from shipping other vehicles is that there is more preparation involved. The exact requirements depend on the boat shipping company’s requests, but in general, there are a few things that you’re likely to find that every company will require. To give you an idea of some of the preparations that are most commonly needed when shipping a boat, you can view our in-depth article on preparing a boat for shipment by clicking here

Know Your Dimensions

One of the most important things you’ll need to know—even before reaching out to a company that ships boats—are the dimensions of your boat. They come in all shapes and sizes and any surprises in terms of the expected dimensions can result in additional costs, delays, or even worse, a company may not be able to transport it at all. Take careful measurements of any parts of the boat that are requested by the shipping company so that they can give you the most accurate price quote possible, as well as to ensure that they’re capable of moving a boat of the particular dimensions you require. 

Do you need a boat or yacht shipped to another part of the country, or even overseas? Call A-1 Auto Transport today at 1-800-452-2880 to learn about our full service boat transport solutions! We offer affordable pricing to all interested parties at NO CHARGE and we’ll happily answer any questions you may have about the process!


Explore Pricing Options

Now for the million dollar question (though hopefully considerably less!). How much will it cost to ship a boat? This is the number one question we get regarding any type of transport service, boat or otherwise. It’s also not an easy question to answer since there are so many variables involved in determining the cost. One way to nail down just what you can expect to pay is to contact shippers and get an estimate. This is a fairly quick and easy process in most instances, and any company that transports boats should be willing to quote you a price for the service you need. It’s important to keep in mind that some companies will be cheaper and some will be more expensive, often times for the same service. This is not unusual and it’s one of the reasons why it’s a good idea to explore your options and get estimates from several companies before coming to a decision. 

Be Patient

Shipping any vehicle is a time consuming process and boats are no exception. In fact, you’ll probably need to exhibit more patience when awaiting delivery of a boat that’s being shipped than you will with other vehicles. The simple fact of the matter is that boats are generally large, heavy, and have tricky dimensions that can slow the process. Transport times can also depend on the method being used. For example, it may take long if you ship a boat from if you transport it as ocean cargo as opposed to overland transport (when it’s an option, of course). Either way, the companies you contact should be able to give you a reasonably accurate timeframe for delivery, but it’s important to maintain some flexibility with your expectations as delays can occur due to unexpected circumstances, such as bad weather or traffic delays. 

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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. 

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It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

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The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

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Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
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Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
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15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
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2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
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Elizabeth, NJ 07201
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Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
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6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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