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Boat Transport with uShip

uShip knows your boat is precious cargo, which is why we’re here to help you find the best transport service available so your boat arrives at its destination on time and in pristine condition. We’ve outlined how to find your best transport option in three easy steps; however, if you need help navigating any murky waters along the way, let us know so we can help steer you in the right direction.

Our marketplace has all the best boat transporters so you can rest assured that you’re about to find the best rate and service for transporting your boat. All you need to do is create a listing with as many details as possible (make and model of your boat, pictures, any special needs, et cetera). Once you’ve posted your listing, transporters who specialise in boat hauling will start sending you quotes for your review. You can talk to transporters directly as well as review their transport history, customer feedback and safety records to ensure you find the best fit for your needs.

How to Transport a Boat

Navigating your boat shipment is easy as!

1 | Create Your Shipment Listing

Make sure you list your transport needs, budget and time frame. Don’t forget to include the dimensions of your boat, pictures and if it has its own trailer or will need to go on the transporter’s trailer. Make your listing as detailed as possible to ensure that the transporters contacting you are suitable for your needs.

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Black 4WD transporting a boat on a trailer

2 | Get the Best Boat Transporting Company in Australia

Now that your listing has been posted, transporters will begin contacting you with quotes as they compete for your business. Make sure you review their profiles to ensure you’re getting the best transporter for your boat. Each transporter listed on uShip has a transporter profile in which you can view customer feedback, transport history and safety records to ensure you’re choosing a reputable and reliable service.

3 | Boat Transport & Delivery

When you find a transporter with the best quote and profile, you will then receive their contact information to discuss further details and ask any questions you may have. Make sure you set up a meeting place for pick up and delivery, share your contact information for any third parties or marinas that will be involved, and have the agreed payment amount ready so you can pay your transporter on time.

Well done, mate! You’ve just successfully shipped your boat at the best rate with a great transporter, so you can rest assured your precious cargo’s journey will be smooth sailing.

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How Much Does Boat Transportation Cost?

The cost for boat transportation depends on the distance and the needs for your boat to be safely transported. The average cost is around $600 to $1,000 for longer hauls and $150 to $350 for shorter distance transport.

For a closer look at what it might cost to transport your boat, take a look at uShip's cost to transport boats index to view shipments like your’s completed through the uShip marketplace. This will also give you a good idea of how we work.

How to Prepare a Boat for Transport

Before your boat is ready for transport, there are a few simple steps that need to be taken. First, take pictures of your boat to illustrate its condition and how to reassemble it. Secondly, secure any loose items and remove any personal items from the boat. Finally, make sure you clean the boat’s exterior and inspect for any damage. We recommend having it inspected by a licensed marine surveyor if possible.

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How to Measure Your Boat

It’s important that you provide your transporter with the correct measurements of your boat. Here are some tips to ensure you measure it correctly:

  • Measure the overall length from the tip to the bow to the centre of the stern. This includes the length of the motor.
  • Measure the overall height from the bottom of the keel to the highest non-removable part of the boat.
  • The beam is measured from the widest points of the boat.

Boat Transportation Insurance

Don’t forget to review your chosen transporter's insurance coverage before you hand over your boat. You may also want to obtain your own insurance coverage for added protection.

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