Whether you plan on shipping a boat or anything else, your preparations should always start with a review of the available options. Fortunately, when it comes to shipping boats internationally, you have quite a few to choose from as follows.
One of them - and the most popular - is RORO (roll-on/roll-off) shipping, in which case your boat is loaded and transported on a trailer. Usually, the costs of such shipping services are calculated based on the height of the shipment, the trailer included. Therefore, you might want to lower or detach any antennas, booms or radar towers to save both money and space.
You can also opt for containerized shipments, most shipping companies in possession of large vessels providing this kind of services. This solution is usually preferable with boats smaller than the standard dimensions set at 40 feet in length, 7.10 feet in height and 7.8 feet in width. Moreover, the costs are lower than with the previous one while also integrating the measurements of the trailer. In fact, you should always ask the shipping companies you contact about the options they provide in terms of containerized shipping.
Should you be looking to ship an oversized boat, you should consider flat rack shipping, in which case your boat will be shipped in a custom cradle, which will be strapped and secured onto a flat rack. You might want to remove any bridges, arches or bulking items of any kind for the sake of lowering your costs.
Last but not least, you can opt for submersion as a solution to shipping your boat, regardless of its size. This involves the direct loading and unloading of cargos from the water.
Once you have familiarized yourself with the shipping options, you can move on to making the preparations, which start with preparing the documentation required by law. The safest way to handle this aspect is to contact the consulates or embassies in the country of destination for they can provide you with all the information you need about this particular aspect. Follow their instructions carefully and you will save a lot of time and energy.
Next, you should winterize your boat; otherwise, you are putting the engines and the interior at risk. In fact, there are a number of precautions you can take as far as keeping the integrity of your boat is concerned. For instance, you can easily keep it clean and prevent any damage during transportation by shrink wrapping it. As for the protection of the important electronic parts, you might want to ship them separately, thus minimizing the risks of loss during transportation.
However, the most basic precaution you can take when it comes to shipping boats or any other types of cargo is to find a shipper you can trust. Once you have found them, take all opportunities to ask questions about international boat shipping for they should be able to provide you with a lot of useful insight based on their experience in the field.
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