How Shipping Companies Ship Motor Boats Overseas?

There are various kinds of boats such as power boats and fishing boats, express cruisers and pontoon boats, jet boats and personal water crafts, catamarans and pleasure crafts which are shipped overseas by some reputed shipping companies. But how do shipping companies ship motor boats overseas?

Shipping companies provide shipping via roll on / roll off carriers and ocean containers on the basis of size of boat and destination of port overseas. These companies pick up boats from private homes, dealership, eBay seller, marinas, dry storage facility or insurance auction and ship to any port abroad. They move boats on trailers or specially created cradles suitable for shipping internationally. They take care of all export formalities in the US, take care of transport documents and also provide marine insurance to ship motor boats overseas.

Boats of all makes namely Crownline, Chris craft, Boston Whaler, Sea Ray, Master craft, Four Winns, Catalina, Baja, Larson, Chaparral, Maxum, etc. are shipped by these companies.

Precautions to take while shipping

Cargo Insurance: Insurance is offered to ship motor boats overseas. The value and destination of the boat determines the rate of insurance. The maximum insurable amount is cost of the boat plus cost of the freight plus 10%. To obtain all risk cargo insurance, shrink-wrap may be required. When the boat is dropped off, you must conduct a careful examination and report any damage to the insurance company. You must file a claim with the agents of shipping company before moving the boat from the port, otherwise you lose your claim. You must present the following documents: Copy of the Bill of landing, Original Insurance certificate and Original Survey report.

Cradles and Shrink wraps: If the boat is not furnished with a trailer, you must use a cradle. Cradles are vital to international shipping. The company will build a steel and/or wooden cradle that meets the needs of your boats. Shrink wrap prevents thefts as well as keeps your shipment clean. The cost is very less compared to the benefits and is determined by the beam and length of the boat.

Getting a Cargo Insurance, Cradle and Shrink Wraps will help in a long way to ship motor boats overseas.