Boat Transport

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Best Practices For Transporting Boats By Truck

If you can’t get your ship from point A to point B on the water, then the next best thing is to ship it over the road. However, that may be easier said than done, especially if it requires an oversize load or wide load permit. Fortunately, FR8Star is here to help. FR8Star will connect you with experienced drivers who are well-versed in transporting boats locally, regionally, and nationally, and they’ll take the guesswork out of the process.


Still, there are some other things to consider when shipping a boat. You’ll need to choose a transport method and prepare the boat for shipping. Here are some tips that will help you get your boat off the trailer and back on the water quickly and easily.

Choose A Transport Method

There are primarily two methods for shipping a boat: using a trailer you already own or using a carrier-supplied trailer. The benefit of using your own trailer is that you know it fits your boat properly, so there are no surprises. One caution, though, is that you’ll need to take extra care during the inspection process to ensure the trailer (in addition to the boat) is in good working order.


The benefit of using a carrier’s trailer is that drivers with boat-hauling experience can use the specifications you provide to find the right trailer for the job. In some situations, the best option may be to ship both your boat and boat trailer on a carrier’s flatbed trailer. This might be a flatbed, drop deck, gooseneck, or other type of trailer, depending on the dimensions of the boat.

Get Your Boat Ready For Shipping

A major consideration when shipping a boat is its height. Anything over 13 feet, 6 inches will require a permit for transport. Width is also important, because anything wider than 8 feet, 6 inches will require an oversize load permit, and anything wider than 12 feet will require escorts. It’s important to measure your boat ahead of time to determine whether you will need a permit or whether there are means for reducing the boat’s height, such as by detaching the mast on a sailboat or removing an antenna on a motorboat.


For boats with engines, you will need to completely empty the gas tank (or make sure it is no more than one-quarter full, depending on the carrier’s requirements), empty the water tanks, and strap down any items that could come loose during transport. Ensure that any hatches, windows, and doors are closed and properly secured. If adverse weather conditions are possible during transport, work with the driver to prepare accordingly and minimize the risk of boat damage.

Get The Best Rate At FR8Star

When it comes time to ship, FR8Star makes it easy to get free haulage estimates in less than 30 seconds. You can then compare transport companies and bids, find the one that fits your needs, and get the best possible rate. 

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