Sunday, July 1, 2018

What To Expect From A Marine Transport Service

By Shirley Williams

Boating is a time-honored tradition that allows you to enjoy local or even far flung waterways with lots of fun options such as swimming, snorkeling and fishing. There are many sizes and classes of ships, but no matter what, at some point you may need it moved from its current location to another one. If this is the case, instead of doing it yourself, a Marine Transport service can do the work instead.

These services may only serve you if your vessel is a certain size, while others take on any size, big or small. Even if it is a huge yacht or a tiny jet ski, there is no limit to the size for several companies. You just have to make sure they have the appropriately sized equipment for whatever your needs are.

Most likely, if a service can take on the largest boats, they can also take on the largest distances when it comes to the move as well. For example, you may have just sold your boat for a profit, but to someone on another continent. With enough time, the company can easily move that boat for you and deliver it on time and unscathed to your buyer.

In order to undertake a move of any distance and do it yourself, you would have to acquire a special commercial drivers license and a hydraulic lift at a minimum. This is hard and expensive to do, which is why you should really just go ahead and hire a professional business to take care of all of it for you, as they already have the equipment.

There is a lot of work to do, even after the workers have used the lift to put the boat on the trailer. For example, the vessel must be really stable in order to undertake the transport. If it is not, it can be damaged very severely or even totaled.

With all of this equipment and careful preparation that needs to be done before the move, you will want to ensure you are dealing with a good, reputable company. They should also be licensed for this type of work and insured. In fact, you should check for proof of liability insurance before you sign a contract. At a minimum, there should be at least one million dollars worth of liability coverage, or whatever the value of your boat is, just in case something happens.

The total cost of this service depends on how big the boat is, and how far you need to move it. You can call local companies for an estimate and see how much, but they cannot quote without knowing the model, length and weight at the very least. Often they might also need to know what kind of engine it has as well.

After finding a company who can handle your move and is within your budget, you can commit to a contract as soon as a timeline and final delivery or arrival date is confirmed. Now you will be well on your way to getting your boat where it needs to be, and you did not have to invest in a bunch of equipment that you would only use once anyways.

About the Author: