FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions
Tip - Know who you are dealing with when shipping large boats
If you have a small powerboat, you can use almost any qualified transport company. On the other
Tip - Shopping around for the "Best Price"
If you have a small powerboat, just be sure you ship with a reputable transport
Tip - Be Clear with your requests and details
When the driver arrives, your information has been passed to him from someone else, so they may have some details wrong so be sure to verify the aspects of the move. You need to be very clear on how payment is to be made, who will meet the driver, how they are going to contact you before pickup and
How is a transport supposed to work?
How far in advance are reservations accepted?
Reservations are accepted by most carriers up to two months in advance.
How many days in advance do I need to call to insure a pickup date?
Plan enough time for us to pick up your boat. Two weeks in advance is the minimum for most carriers. Most carriers will usually deal with urgent situations on an individual basis.
How long does it take to have my boat picked up?
Shipping for your boat is usually scheduled within two to three days of the scheduled pick-up date. Carriers can usually arrange to accommodate your schedule, but you may incur additional costs.
What type of paperwork do I need to ship my boat? (Insurance, title, registration, etc.)?
Unless your boat is leaving the country all that is required for your shipment is a signature and walk around (inspection) with the driver at pick up. The walk around will allow you and the driver to verify if any damage exists at pick up.
How much does it cost for shipping my boat?
Prices are determined by mileage, boat size, and delivery location.
Do I need to pay in advance for shipping my boat?
A deposit and a signed order are usually required before, your boat is scheduled for transport. However, there are exceptions. The balance must be paid upon the boat’s delivery by Cash, Postal Money Order, or Cashier’s Check.
What payment options do I have?
Most carriers accept Personal Checks, Cashier’s Checks, Postal Money Orders, and Major Credit Cards (They require the customer’s signature for credit card payment).
What should you do if the vessel arrives with damage?
Is my boat insured during transport?
All transport companies have a general proof of insurance form, ask specifically for it. Find out exactly what amount of cargo insurance they have and what their deductible is. Anyone can present themselves as a valid transport company, but it is in the service, especially when things go wrong that, that the quality companies become apparent. You could go with a low to mid grade company and nothing could go wrong
Is the consumers boat insurance primary or secondary?
There is no such thing as secondary and primary insurance. It works the following way: Most carriers hold one million dollars ($1,000,000) combined single limit & two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) per incident. This insurance covers damage done to your boat in transit, there is no other insurance. The boat transport carrier is the main and only coverage. (exception: personal contents are not covered by any carrier insurance and in most cases if lost, stolen or otherwise will not be covered.)
Should a consumer pay more money for a lower insurance deductible?
How do I choose a reputable carrier?
If you are dealing with a boat transport broker, ask for a copy of their Brokers License and insurance bond. Brokers are required to
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