Safe and Efficient Boat Transportation Across the U.S.
Nationwide Transport Specialists has provided secure and reliable boat shipping services across the U.S. and internationally. We’ve transported everything from jet skis and small vessels to houseboats and yachts, offering efficient services that make the shipment process a seamless and stress-free experience.
Your boat is a significant investment, and your transportation company should honor this by treating your vehicle with the utmost respect and care. We are dedicated to shipping your boat safely, correctly, and with the proper insurance. With excellent customer service and over a decade of experience, we’re providing the highest quality of service at the most competitive rates in the market.
Why Ship with Nationwide Transportation Specialists?
At Nationwide Transportation Specialists, we aim to make the boat shipment process as seamless an experience for our clients as possible. With our 24-hour team of experts on call to offer advice and guidance, you can trust that we will be working to ensure everything in your shipment runs as smoothly as it can. We invite our clients into every step of the process, with consistent communication and constant availability to answer any questions you may have.
Our secure and experienced services are offered both domestically and internationally. No matter where you are or where your boat needs to go, NTS is the service provider that will make everything hassle-free. We will offer clear instructions on preparing your vehicle and keep an open line of communication throughout the entire shipment process. We offer free advice and complimentary quotes for anyone who rings us up with measurements and required distances.
All drivers and carriers we work with are verified and professional, and we take pride in remaining compliant with all regulations and insurance requirements.
The Types of Boats We Transport
Our shipping services have covered an extensive range of distances, vehicles, and unique requirements. To put it simply – whatever you need for your transportation, chances are we have the experience and resources to make it happen for you. Here are a few examples of types of boats we commonly transport:
Open bow boats
Cuddy Cabin and powerboats
Flexible Boat Transport Options
Whatever your type of boat, we can organize a way to transport it to your destination of choice. Based on your type of boat, we may recommend different transport methods such as a tow-behind, boat trailer, or low boy. We have load options available to work around your situation and make pick-up as straightforward a process for you as possible. Whether your boat is on land or left on the water, we can organize a pick-up plan that works for all involved. We have both marina lift and wet load/launch options available for our clients
Shipment for Oversized Boats
When it comes to oversized boats, there are specific regulations that come into play. However, at All Nationwide Transport, we have the means and experience to handle vehicles of many sizes.
Any boat or yacht over 35 feet long or over 8 feet wide is considered oversized and may require extra permits and escorts during ground transports. Our team is equipped to transport boats up to 45 feet long and as tall as 13.5 feet relatively easily, so chances are we’ll be able to manage your shipment for you.
For boats to be transported overland, there are a few requirements. Boats traveling along the highway cannot be wider than 12’0”, taller than 13’6”, and must be picked up and dropped off at locations with at least 14’0” overhead clearance. Sometimes removing bridges, towers, and masts can help to ensure overland transportation is possible for taller boats.
Preparing Your Boat for Transport
We recommend you prepare all the dimensions and details of your boat and journey needs. This will help us to make the process as efficient and easy as possible, and will help us to understand all the preparation needed for your vehicle’s shipment. Before pick-up, your boat will need to be emptied of personal belongings, left uncovered, and have less than a quarter tank of fuel.
We have all the equipment to transport almost any boat – with flatbeds and hydraulic boat trailers fit for jobs of any size. However, shipping costs will drop significantly if we are able to transport it using the owner’s own trailer. If you’re interested in shipment with a discount, ensure that your trailer is roadworthy and ready for use.
Your Shipping Questions Answered:
How far in advance do I need to call to schedule boat transport?
The sooner you reach out, the sooner we’ll be able to connect you with your perfect transportation. Gather all measurements and requirements of your vehicle before contacting us, and from there, we’ll aim to organize your transportation service within about five days.
How much does it cost to ship a boat?
Pricing varies considerably for every client. The cost of your boat’s transportation will depend on several factors, including the size of your boat and the length of your trip. We have specialists readily available to help discuss the details of your service and provide a thorough estimate of how much the shipment, insurance, and permits will cost you.
How long will transportation take?
The biggest factor in determining how long transport of your boat will take from pick-up to delivery is the distance of the service. We employ experienced, professional drivers who typically cover 400-500 miles every day. Further distances may take longer than that, and in rare cases, unexpected delays from rough weather, roadwork, or vehicle issues could arise.
Should boat covers be removed prior to transport?
We recommend all canvas covers and tops be removed prior to shipment. This is simply because they may fly off or rip throughout transit, and we aim to avoid any damage coming to your property. Our carriers are not responsible for any damages to the vessel if you choose not to remove your cover prior to pick-up.
What are the steps involved in shipping a boat?
After you receive your complimentary quote for boat transport and we determine the specifics of your required service, we will aim to find you a driver within five days. Next, we will process payment and organize a time to schedule the pick-up of your boat. We will provide you with an estimated date and time for your boat’s arrival at its destination, and during the allotted pick-up time, your driver will complete a thorough inspection of the vehicle. Then, the journey begins, and upon arrival, your driver will again inspect the vehicle to ensure no damage has come to it over the course of the trip.
What items can be shipped with my boat?
All boats must be completely emptied of personal belongings and items prior to shipment. All that can remain in the boat are factory-installed items that cannot be removed. Nationwide Transport and most insurance companies will not take responsibility for any personal items lost during shipment.
How much fuel should be left in the tank for shipment?
As U.S. Federal law dictates, you will need to empty your tank to less than one-fourth full prior to your boat’s pick-up. Anything more than that will not be compliant with national transportation regulations.
Verifying Your Boat Transport Company
If you’re currently selecting a boat transportation company, we encourage you to review all company credentials and accreditations. We are a verified professional carrier that holds all appropriate insurances, including Marine Shipping insurance, to protect your boat. We’re proud to offer a compliant, insured, verified, and highly secure service.
Get Your Free Boat Shipping Quote
NTS offers round-the-clock service from experienced professionals. Our goal is to make the task of transporting your boat as simple as possible, removing the hassle by taking care of all those finer details for you. We understand the regulations, the practicalities, and the safest operations, so you don’t have to. Contact us now for a free quote or call (954) 641-8660