BOAT SHIPPING MADE EASY

BOAT TRANSPORT WITH ALWAYS AVAILABLE AUTO TRANSPORT 

We know when it comes to shipping your boat, you want the safest transport at the best rate. With Always Available Auto Transport, you can find just that! We’ll help you figure out how to transport a boat, help you find reliable transporters at the best rates, and give you tips on preparing your boat for transport. If the waters get choppy, we’re here to navigate you back on course with your boat transport.

 

We know when it comes to shipping your boat, you want the safest transport at the best rate. With Always Available Auto Transport, you can find just that! We’ll help you figure out how to transport a boat, help you find reliable transporters at the best rates, and give you tips on preparing your boat for transport. If the waters get choppy, we’re here to navigate you back on course with your boat transport.

 

Contact us before, during, or after your shipment for support.

HOW TO PREPARE A BOAT FOR SHIPPING

There are a couple of things you can do to prepare your boat for shipping and ensure a successful boat transport. This includes securing any loose items and taking precautions to avoid travel damage. Before dismantling anything on your boat, take photos so that you have something to reference when reassembling the boat after the transport. Then, remove all personal items from your boat. Clean your boat’s exterior and inspect for any damages. It is also advised that you have it inspected by a licensed marine surveyor.

 

  1. Pick a loading spot that has a 14′ clearance.
  2. Secure all loose gear above and below deck.
  3. Close and secure any hatches; seal them to avoid any possible water damage.
  4. Cabin windows also need to be latched and taped from the outside.
  5. Drain all fuel and water tanks and remove any drain plugs from the hull.
  6. Disconnect batteries, and secure the cables away from it to prevent any contact.
  7. Measure your boat accurately to ensure it is within the legal loaded height.

HOW TO MEASURE YOUR BOAT

Providing the correct measurements for your boat will ensure you get safe boat transportation. We advise manually measuring your boat even if you have the manufacturing information from the owner’s manual.

 

  • Overall Length is measured from the tip of the bow to the center of the stern. Include bow pulpits, swim platforms, motor brackets and the length of the motors or out drives in the raised position.
  • Overall Height is measured from the bottom of the keel to the highest non-removable part of the boat.
  • Beam is measured from the widest point of the boat, including the rub-rail.

The legal loaded height of your boat is required to be at or under 13’6″. If this is not possible, expert transporters can offer alternative choices which will require slower travel on non-interstate routes. If your boat is over 8’6″ wide, it will require an oversize load permit to be transported. A boat sized over 12′ wide will require a certified escort which will also add to your hauling charges.

HOW TO CHOOSE A BOAT TRAILER

You can have your boat transported on its own trailer, however most companies can provide one for you.

 

    • Your Own Trailer: If you use your own trailer or cradle, you must take full responsibility of any damage or mishaps that may occur as a result of your trailer not being fit for transport. Be sure to inspect your trailer thoroughly, checking the securing devices, lights and tires. Note: It is suggested that wooden boats be transported in their own custom cradle, because these are made to spread the boat’s weight properly.

 

  • The Carrier’s Trailer: If using one of the transporter’s boat trailers, discuss with them any specific details they may need you to comply with. Provide your transporter with accurate dimensions of your boat. The transporter will also inform you about how they will load and unload your boat. Research and inform yourself about the different options of boat trailers there are, as you may end up picking one company over another based on the boat trailer transport they offer.
 

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