The Basics of Boat Shipping

Ship your boat with a professional.

So it’s time to move, but why leave your boat behind? As long as there is a suitable body of water nearby at your destination there is no reason to not take your boat with you. Shipping a boat will take some time and consideration to make sure it arrives undamaged at its new marina. With proper time spent in preparation you can continue to enjoy your favorite “hole in the water” at your new home port.

How to Properly Ship your Boat

Remember: Size Matters

Are you shipping an 18 foot ski boat or an oversized yacht? Just like when deciding where your boat can go, you will need to make arrangements appropriate to the size of boat that is being shipped. Smaller boats may be able to be shipped as is on their trailers, where yachts may need some custom cradles made to safely transport to its next home port.

Begin your shipping process by measuring your boat. Measure the full beam of your boat (beam is the width). This would include any rails or riggings that may be sticking out. After you know the full beam, measure the full height of your boat. That includes the draft (waterline to the bottom of the boat) as well as the clearance (waterline to the highest point on the boat).   This information could be critical if you were shipping your boat overland as many underpasses have height restrictions that could cause issues. If your boat or yacht has a bridge, it might be necessary to remove it and ship it separately.

Travel Plans

Once you know the dimensions, you want to contact your current marina to let them know your plans. They will be assisting the shipping company in loading your boat. Once you have loading covered, you want to contact your new marina with your projected arrival date. That way they can prepare your new slip for you and be ready to launch your boat. Be prepared to pay the marinas separately from the shipping company as each provider is doing a separate service. This might also be a good time to decide if you want a marine survey done by your departing marina.

With travel arrangements made it’s time to batten down the hatches. Remember, if it can move, it will move. Take out any appliances that can’t be securely stowed. This could include things like skis, depth finders, radar arches, anchor lights, windshields, propellers, flags, horns and spot lights. Make sure all of your latches are properly closed and your hatches are secure. Vibration from moving can cause damage on your vessel. Remember to remove any canvas you might have. While good for stowage, canvas can’t hold up well to the rigors transport.

Other things to consider:

  • Shrink wrapping:

    While it can provide a layer of security, if tears occur this could damage your boat

  • Invasive species:

    Check to make sure you don’t have any pesky stow-aways. This can get your boat impounded.

  • Use professionals:

    Industrial packing of your boat should be handled by experts.

Of course, sometimes it’s best to hire a professional when it comes to highly valuable shipments. We are experienced and have the right tools to get the job done safely and efficiently – contact us today.