Boat transport is one of our specialties. At All American Trucking & Transport, Inc., we take pride in providing the best vehicular transport services, including boat transport. Unlike land-based vehicles, boat shipping requires a different approach. There is more preparation involved in yacht transport, or sailboat transport, than there may be in shipping your motorcycle.
What are some limitations on boat transport?
There are a few limitations. For the easiest boat transport, you are limited to vessels up to 43 feet in length. This will ensure that no special permits are required. Of course, you can ship any size vessel with our service.
The length of the vessel will only affect the amount of red tape required to cut through. Your boat can be of any sort, whether it has an outboard motor or a console system, if it is a sailboat, paddle boat, wood, aluminum or fiber glass does not matter.
Specifically, All American Trucking & Transport will typically ship boats that are up to 43′ long – which includes the trailer tongue – and 8′-6” wide, 13′-6” in height. Anything that is wider requires special permits, which costs will be already figured into your shipping estimate.
Upon receiving your boat, you will need to ensure you have a roadworthy trailer, with tires in good condition and proper license plates installed, etc.
We do require that your boat is fit for shipping, however. This means that your 40 foot schooner or clipper ship made of the finest grained wood must not be dry rotted in the hull. The reason for this is obvious: boat shipping over land is bumpy, and a boat’s body is designed to be transported in water.
Road wear will have an impact on the hull if it isn’t sound. This is especially noteworthy to those buying or selling watercraft, either in bulk or one at a time. Ensure the hull is strong enough to support land transport.
Note on boat transport fees: The current operating tariff is what will be charged for shipping, be prepared to pay the carrier for these fees in order to receive your vessel. These tariffs are subject to change and outside of our control, but we do our best to inform you using the most recent information.
Otherwise, the rest of the prep-work for land travel is standard fare for a boat transport.
How to prepare for boat transport.
- Ensure that you pack all of the loose items and gear, secure it below deck. Ensure you lock your cabin and keep the keys.
- Do not use the cabin to store additional goods that should be packed elsewhere, with a traditional moving van, for instance.
- Empty the tanks of any fuel and water. This includes the drain plugs from the hull itself, and removing water from the bilge.
- During the cold winter months, ensure that the interior water tanks, air conditioning systems and so forth are free of water in the lines (to prevent bursting).
- Remove all batteries and stow them away securely.
- Take away the anchors from the ship during boat transport.
- Do not use any tarps or canvas boat covers, they will only cause damage and a driving hazard.
- Shrink wrap your boat or request the service in advance.
- Inspect your own cradle if you are providing one for boat transport. Make sure it is in proper shape and not weak or showing signs of deterioration.
- Remove any dinghy you may have from the davits. Pad the dinghy well if you are not removing it (or them) entirely.
- Remove any accessories prior to boat shipment: speakers, lights, radar system, any electronics and flag poles, propellers and weather vanes – pack them below deck and pad them well.
- Secure your hatches from the outside with tape so rain cannot damage the interior. During boat shipping, sometimes hatches will blow off in the wind if not secured with ties or tape.
- Ensure that all hatches are soundly sealed, and remember that during boat transport, they vessel will be in different positions during the tow. In other words, inspect your hatches and ensure water cannot penetrate the seals.
- Latch shut every window and tape them as well. Remove any sort of windshield that extends beyond the flying bridge. All such Plexiglas or windshields should be packed in an appropriate fashion to withstand the rigors of road travel and secure below decks.
- Upon receiving your boat, it is your responsibility to dock your vessel. In other words, All American Trucking & Transport, Inc. and its affiliates are not allowed to bring your boat to the water itself according to liability limitations.
If you have any questions about these matters, for example, laws governing international boat transport, please give us a call or email. We look forward to being your chosen provider for your boat transport needs.