Auto Shipping FAQ: Can I Get Quotes to Ship a Boat?
Though we are American Auto Shipping, we can get you free quotes to ship just about any type of vehicle from anywhere, to anywhere in the United States, including to and from Alaska and Hawaii. Most of the time, those vehicles are vehicles that are driven on the road, not on the water, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t get you quotes to ship a boat, but you need to understand that shipping a boat is a much different endeavor than shipping a standard automobile, both in price and method, so you’re going to want to gain a bit of understanding when it comes to transporting a seaworthy vessel.
First of all, you need to understand that the way they ship a boat is much different than the way they ship a standard car, pickup truck or sport utility vehicle.A special boat transport company will need to be hired to ship your boat, and there will be various options in terms of the trailer used. Most boat transport companies will offer you the option to use one of their boat trailers to have your boat hauled on, but you should also have the option to use your own boat trailer, which will likely save you money, though it depends on the policies of the carrier that you choose. You should also have the option for enclosed boat transportation, though this will likely be outrageously expensive compared to the cost of simply transporting your boat via a regular boat carrier.
You also need to understand that different sized boats are going to need different services – it’s a lot easier to haul around a lightweight sailboat than it is a big-ass yacht, after all. This makes the dimensions of your boat incredibly important, and you should know its class as well as its name and marine designation, so your representative will be able to prepare the most accurate boat transport quote for you. You’ll also want to give your boat shipper a lot more prep time than you’d give a standard auto transport company, due to the more complicated nature of shipping a seagoing vessel as opposed to a standard-sized vehicle with four wheels. Since there isn’t a lot of different options in terms transporting a boat like there is when you’re shipping a car, don’t be surprised if a guy in a huge duly pickup truck shows up, since that’s the main way that people ship boats.
This is generally a shock to a lot of first-time boat shippers. In the car shipping industry there are specialized trucks that are designed to load and secure automobiles, but you can’t just drive a boat onto the back of a truck – it doesn’t work like that. Most boats come with their own trailers, and if you’re shipping a boat it should have a trailer already unless it hasn’t seen the water in years and needs some work. You’ll also want to make sure that everything in the boat is secured – nothing should be loose on the deck or, if you’re shipping a yacht, in any of the rooms.
If you’re interested in shipping a boat, you can get a quote by filling out our free quote form and you’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen.. When filling out our free form, make sure to mark “Other” in both the make and model sections, but please try to have the approximate year of your boat and put it in the form. You can also call us at 800-930-7417, absolutely free, to speak to one of our live agents should you have questions or concerns about transporting your boat or any other vehicle.