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Boat Transport with uShip

We know when it comes to shipping your boat, you want the safest transport at the best rate, and with uShip, 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.

uShip’s marketplace makes it easy to find the best boat transporters to meet your shipment needs and your budget. Create your listing with the needs of your shipment, the make and model of your boat, and be as detailed as possible. Once you’ve completed your shipment listing, transporters who specialize in boat hauling will start sending you quotes for your review. You’re able to talk to the carriers, review their transport history, safety records and customer-rated feedback as they compete for your business.

How to Transport a Boat

Navigating your boat shipment is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1 | Create Your Shipment Listing

First, you’ll want to know your shipping needs and your budget so you can create your listing. Consider your timeframe, and communicate whether your boat will be on its own trailer or if it will need to go on the carrier’s trailer. When you’re listing your shipment, you will need to know the measurements of your boat. The needs of boat transportation are partially determined by the measurements of your boat, so it is very important that the dimensions are accurate in your shipment listing.

Boat in ocean with people on it and a raft behind it
Black SUV hauling a boat

2 | Get the Best Boat Transporting Company

After you’ve got your listing up in the uShip marketplace, boat haulers will start sending you quotes as they compete for your business. Get to know the carriers by asking them questions in response to their quote and reviewing their carrier profiles.

Each carrier on uShip has their carrier profile with transport history, safety records and customer-rated feedback. See the kinds of experiences previous customers have had with the transporters and review previous shipments completed through uShip. Most carriers also provide photos of their equipment. We encourage you to use these profiles to feel confident you’re choosing the most reliable boat transportation.

3 | Boat Transport & Delivery

Once you have selected a transporter, you’ll receive their contact information so you can reach out and discuss any additional details, questions or concerns directly with your boat hauler. Set up a good meeting place for pick up and delivery and share contact information for any third parties or marinas involved. Have payment ready at the agreed upon time and let us know if you run into any issues.

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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 ship 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 Shipping

There are a couple of things you can do to 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.

  • Pick a loading spot that has a 14' clearance.
  • Secure all loose gear above and below deck.
  • Close and secure any hatches; seal them to avoid any possible water damage.
  • Cabin windows also need to be latched and taped from the outside.
  • Drain all fuel and water tanks and remove any drain plugs from the hull.
  • Disconnect batteries, and secure the cables away from it to prevent any contact.
Power boat in transport

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.

Boat Transportation Insurance

Review your chosen transporter's insurance coverage before you hand over your boat. We also recommend obtaining your own coverage for added protection for your boat. Visit the uShip Cargo Insurance page to learn more about how cargo insurance works to protect you.

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