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Shipping Your Boat – The Unsinkable Truth

Subscribe September 17, 2013
Boat Shipping

School's out and there are two things that come with the end of the school year – people moving before the school year starts again, and boating. The dilemma comes when the two mix, and you have to move both your household and your boat.

Transporting a boat while you're moving your household brings more challenges than simply hooking up the boat trailer to your pickup. If your employer is paying for the move, they may not pay to transport your boat. If you're moving yourself, instead of hiring a moving company, will you have room to also tow your boat yourself?

So then come more questions: What are the challenges of shipping a boat? Do all vehicle transport companies ship boats? What do you need to know before choosing a transport company to move your boat?

The Challenges

Let's say you've decided to move yourself. You go to your local rental company to reserve a moving van and all the boxes, blankets and other things you'll need.

Are you going to tow the moving trailer or is it going to be a separate moving van? If you have a vehicle, you'll need to decide whether someone else will drive the vehicle, you're going to ship it through a car shipping company or you should tow it with the moving van. So what do you do with your boat?

If you decide to hire a company to transport your boat, you need to remember that most auto transport companies do not have the capability or equipment to do the job, so how do you find someone capable of shipping your boat?

What You Need To Know

Most car transport companies do not deal with boats. Why?

Because they don't have the right equipment and/or do not know enough about them to do it safely. The mechanics of transporting a boat are somewhat different from a car. Boats don't typically have wheels, and because their bottoms are not flat, tying them down can be a challenge.

When shipping your car, ask your vehicle transport company if they have experience in shipping boats as well. If they say yes, ask them what equipment they use or how many boats they have shipped.

Should you find that they cannot answer you with concrete facts, assume they don't know what they're doing, and move on to another company. Make sure, too, their drivers have experience dealing with boats. Just because you can move a car doesn't mean you can handle a boat.

If you're just shipping your boat and not your vehicle, you still want to make sure the companies you interview have experience dealing with boats. Get everything in writing before you sign on the dotted line so you can compare companies. Don't just take the first company that agrees to do the job.

Ask about experience, insurance, what method they'll be using (towing on a single trailer or securing your boat to a multi-boat trailer). If they're using a multi-boat trailer, will they drop your boat at your home, or can they transport it directly to your local marina?

At DAS, we offer both towable and non-towable options. We have over 800 independent contractors who have years of experience transporting boats on trailers with one-ton pickup trucks.

We also have experience shipping boats that are not on trailers, with specially-engineered trailers that have special racking and bunking to ensure safe, secure shipping of your boat.

You've spent a lot of money on your boat and it's given you years of summer enjoyment. Treat it with kindness and hire only the best, most experienced company to transport your boat. Choose DAS.

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No issues to report, service was dependable and reliable. Our car was available before the scheduled date! Very much appreciated!
T. Rosenthal
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