Canada Boat Transport with uShip
uShip knows transporting your boat requires special experience. You want the safest transporter at the best rate, and uShip can help you there. uShip can help you find shipping quotes online to transport your boat reliably. We'll also help you prepare to ready the boat for your move, and invite boat owners to contact us before, during, or after your shipment.
The uShip marketplace helps you find the best local transport for your boat. Once you create a listing detailing your needs, dates, and make and model of the boat, you'll soon receive shipping quotes online for expert boat hauling. You'll be able to talk to the carriers, review their previous performances, and check their customer testimonials as they compete for your business.
How to Transport a Boat in Canada
uShip makes your boat shipment is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1 | Create Your Shipment Listing
First, you should know your boat shipping needs and your budget. You'll want to be prepared with a timeframe that works for you and any other parties involved in the pick up or delivery. Consider whether the boat will have its own trailer or if you'll need to hire a service provider with their own boat trailer. Be sure to list the boat's precise measurements and any special needs, as this will affect the quotes you receive.
2 | Get the Best Boat Transport Company
After you’ve got your listing for your boat to be transported locally, across Canada or internationally in the uShip marketplace, boat haulers will start sending you quotes as they compete for your business. Ask the service providers questions directly on their quotes to find out more about their experience and exptertise with boat shipping.
We also strongly suggest reviewing the uShip carrier profile. There, you can find out a lot about the experience previous customers have had when transporting their boats through the transporter. And, because most boat carriers post photos of their equipment, you can make the best decision for your boat transportation needs.
3 | Boat Transport & Delivery
After you select your boat transport services, you'll receive the necessary contact information to discuss any details, questions, or concerns. You can set up a meeting place for pick up and delivery, and share the contact information with any third parties or marinas involved. Communication with your transporter is what makes for a good boat shipping experience. If you have any issues connecting with your service provider, please let us know.
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How Much Does Boat Transportation Cost in Canada?
The cost for boat transportation depends on the distance and the needs for your boat to be safely transported. The average cost is around C$800 to C$1990 for longer hauls and C$200 to C$465 for shorter distance transport.
You'll get a closer look at what it might cost to transport your boat at uShip's cost to ship a boat page. You'll find shipments just like yours completed through uShip marketplace.
How to Prepare a Boat for Shipping
You can help ensure your successful boat transport in Canada. You should secure or remove any loose items, protect surfaces and edges, and secure electronics. We also recommend taking photos before you dismantle or secure elements. Remove personal belongings, clean the boat inside and out, and photograph any damage before shipping. And, we strongly recommend having the boat 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.
How to Measure Your Boat
Being prepared with 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.
- Measure the length from the tip of the bow to the center of the stern. Be sure to include the bow pulpits, swim platforms, motor brackets, and the length of the motors or outdives in a raised position.
- Measure the height from the bottom of the keel to the highest point of the non-removable part of the boat.
- Measure the beam across the widest point of the boat including any rub-rails.