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Yacht Shipping

What's in this article?
  1. Time And Cost To Ship A Yacht
  2. The Basics Of Preparation The Yacht Shipping Process
  3. How To Properly Measure Your Yacht Before Shipping
  4. Top Yacht Transport Companies
Yacht Shipping

We are a full-service yacht shipping company offering complete yacht transport services to destinations worldwide.

With over a decade of experience in the marine industry, we have the knowledge and expertise to handle your yacht transport needs from start to finish.

We offer various yacht shipping services to meet your specific needs, including:

  • Yacht pick-up and delivery
  • Yacht transport planning and coordination
  • Racing yacht transport
  • Yacht transport by land, sea, or air
  • Customized packaging and crating for your yacht
  • Insurance and documentation services
  • Customs clearance and export documentation

No matter where you are going or what type of yacht you have, we can provide you with the yacht transportation services you need to get there. And if you don't know what you need, we can help you figure it out.

Here is a detailed list of our yacht shipping services:

  • Door-to-door yacht shipping: We can pick up your yacht from anywhere in the world and deliver it to its destination, whether it's across town or across the globe.
  • Racing yacht transport: We have a team of experienced racing yacht transport specialists who can get your yacht to the boat show on time and in one piece.
  • Yacht transport by land, sea, or air: We have a network of international partners that allows us to transport your yacht by land, sea, or air – whichever is the most efficient and cost-effective method for your situation.
  • Customized packaging and crating for your yacht: We will tailor our packaging and crating services to the specific needs of your yacht to ensure that it arrives at its destination safe and sound.
  • Insurance and documentation services: We can help you obtain the insurance and documentation you need for your yacht transport.
  • Transportation to the port of departure: We will arrange for transportation of your yacht to the port of departure, whether it's by land, sea, or air.
  • Customs clearance and export documentation: We will cover all the customs paperwork and documentation for your boat transport.

Call us today or fill out our online quote form to get started on your yacht transportation services. We offer personalized, first-class service to ensure your yacht transport is handled exactly as you want.

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Time and Cost to Ship a Yacht

The time it takes to ship a yacht depends on the destination, the type of yacht, and the shipping method used. The cost to ship a yacht also varies depending on these factors.

To get an accurate estimate of the time and fair pricing for shipping your yacht, call us and speak with one of our shipping experts.

The Basics of Preparation: The Yacht Shipping Process

Before you begin the yacht shipping process, there are a few things you should do to prepare your boat:

*Always consult a professional yacht shipping company for the most accurate information specific to your boat.

  • Clean the boat: Clean the boat inside and out before shipping. This will help prevent the spread of invasive species and will make the unloading process easier.
  • Check for damage: Inspect the hull and deck for cracks, dents, or other damage. This is so you can document any existing damage and avoid further damage during transport.
  • Drain the boat: Drain all the water from the boat, including the bilge, live wells, and freshwater tanks. This will help prevent the growth of mold and mildew during transport.
  • Remove all loose items: Remove any loose items from the deck and storage areas. These items could shift during transport and damage your boat or injure someone.
  • Secure all loose items: Anything that can’t be removed from the boat should be securely fastened down. This includes items like canvas covers, Bimini tops, and life jackets.
  • Disconnect the batteries: Disconnect and remove the batteries from the boat to prevent short circuits and electrical fires during transport.
  • Prepare the mast: If your yacht has a mast, it will need to be unstepped and stored in a safe place. You'll also need to remove any stays, shrouds, or other rigging, and take down any sails or canvas.
  • Measure the boat: Accurately measure the length, width, and height of the yacht so that we can provide you with an accurate quote. (Find out how to measure your yacht in the next section.)

How to Properly Measure Your Yacht Before Shipping

For a more accurate quote, it's important to measure your yacht correctly. Here is a breakdown of the measurements you will need to take:

Length: Measure the length of the yacht from the tip of the bow to the stern. The length will determine the size of the shipping container or trailer needed for transport.

Height: Measure the height of the yacht from the waterline to the tallest point on the mast. The height will also help determine the size of the shipping container or trailer needed for transport.

Beam: Measure the beam of the yacht from one side to the other at the broadest point. This measurement is needed to calculate how much space the yacht will take up on a dock or shipping container.

Dry weight: The dry weight of the yacht is the weight of the yacht without any fuel, water, or people onboard. This measurement is needed to calculate the total weight of the yacht and its cargo.

Draft: The draft of the yacht is the length between the waterline and the base of the hull. The draft is needed to determine if the yacht can dock in shallow waters.

A-1 Auto Transport is the leading provider of yacht shipping services. We have the experience and expertise to handle all your yacht transport needs, whether you're shipping a small sailboat or a large motor yacht locally, nationally, or internationally.

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Your yacht is a valuable investment, and you want to be sure it's in good hands when you ship it. You might even be tempted to ship it yourself if you have a large enough trailer. But unless you have experience shipping yachts, we recommend leaving it to the experts.

We have provided yacht shipping services for over 10 years and have earned a reputation as the most trusted name in the business. We are fully licensed, insured, and bonded, so you can rest assured that your yacht is in good hands when you ship with us.

Have any questions about measuring your yacht or preparing it for transport? Give us a call at 1-800-452-2880 or fill out our online form to get a FREE, no-obligation quote in real-time.

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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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Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
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15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
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435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
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Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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Boca Raton, FL 33487
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