If you have purchased a boat from another harbor, or are moving from your current docking location and it is not possible to sail the boat to where you need it to end up—dry land boat transport is what you’ll need. Unless you just so happen to have the equipment and the know-how to manage a haul like that you’ll probably want to hire someone to do the job for you. You don’t want to trust your expensive and precious cargo to just anyone, so here are a few things to think about and note before your boat hits the highway.
You simply must lock down a set price with a transporter. Whether they quote you a price per mile or an all-inclusive price, you need to have an unwavering price with terms of agreement in writing before your boat enters their possession. There are accredited logistics companies that can verify the reputation of an independent shipper or shipping companies that employ shippers themselves, either route you choose signed and dated contracts must accompany.
Get a copy of the driver’s insurance for any damages or loss to the cargo, this will add to their caution as a claim on their policy will likely raise their rates and cause them headache for a while. You’ll also want a copy of their Department of Transportation Authorization as well. Both of these along with your contract will ensure that you’ve covered your bases and are working with a legitimate contractor.
Both the current and eventual marina home will need to be contacted with the dates and specs of the ordeal. They’ll likely be helping load and unload the boat and will need to have staff and space ready for the event.
Time is money for shippers, so if you have the time to wait and can piggyback your shipment date to the end of a shipment in the same area you’ll save a little money. That is to say there are costs involved for some shippers to get to the cargo, but if they’re already nearby finishing up their last job, then they may cut you a little bit of a deal.
This is not the kind of job you’re looking to pay bottom dollar for, you want a good deal, but a shipper with a good reputation isn’t going to be the cheapest one on the market. Fortunately, there are enough folks out there doing this that you won’t be forced to take someone who charges an exorbitant fee or does a poor job. Shop around and find the one that’s right for you and get it all in writing!
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