We know when it comes to shipping your boat, you want the safest transport at the best rate. With DRBI, 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.
Through DRBI, you can talk to boat transporters directly, read ratings and reviews, see transport history, and get rates, all in one stop. 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 as they compete for your business.
HOW TO PREPARE A BOAT FOR SHIPPING
There are a couple of things you can do to prepare your boat for shipping and 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.
1. Pick a loading spot that has a 14' clearance.
2. Secure all loose gear above and below deck.
3. Close and secure any hatches; seal them to avoid any possible water damage.
4. Cabin windows also need to be latched and taped from the outside.
5. Drain all fuel and water tanks and remove any drain plugs from the hull.
6. Disconnect batteries, and secure the cables away from it to prevent any contact.
7. Measure your boat accurately to ensure it is within the legal loaded height.
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 . 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.