Yacht Transport by Truck
When you need a yacht shipped by ground transport, a fleet truck is usually the vehicle that will haul the vessel to its new home. Without the proper hauler, conducting ground transport to another state or across land is too difficult with a yacht in tow. It’s more cost efficient and safe to hire a professional for the task. You can rest assured that your transport company will have all of the right equipment and tools to ship your yacht safely.
Make Sure the Transport Company Is Licensed
Before you hire a transporter, make sure they are licensed and certified. They should especially have BBB approval and DOT registration. DOT registration is requirement for any transporter that conducts interstate hauling services. A CDL license is also required. All licensed transporters are required to carry the state’s minimal amount of insurance coverage. For further protection, you may be able to buy more insurance from the transport company.
Before the professional shipping company comes to pick the yacht up from its home, it is important to have it prepared properly. Preparing the yacht lessens any risks involved. It keeps the yacht safe from harm and those caring for it safer too. The transport company will give you specific instructions to assure that the preparation is done right.
Preparing Your Yacht for Transport by Truck
- Empty the boat from any and all dangerous materials including fuel, oil, paint, etc.
- Make sure all latches and hatches are fastened and secured tightly. You can use zip ties, straps or tape to ensure that they are reinforced. Water shouldn’t have any way into the yacht.
- Secure loose gears and cables inside and outside of the yacht.
- Make sure the boat and any of its features don’t exceed 13ft tall.
- Disable all electrical and gas powered appliances and equipment. Also disconnect the boat’s batteries.
- Have all necessary documentation ready for the driver of the truck.
- The boat should be clean and free of all personal and valuable items. All electronics and anchors should also be removed.
- Close and lock down all windows and doors. This includes any cabinets or indoor attachments that could open on its way to its new home.
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 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.