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How to Ship a Boat across the Country

Shipping a boat cross-country is similar to shipping a car, for the most part. Obviously, you will need to think about things like how to get it out of the water and how to put it into the water when it arrives at its destination. Depending on the time of year, you may be looking to pull a boat out of storage or put one into storage. In any case, shipping a boat is not complicated, but it does require some special equipment to connect it to the back of a car shipping trailer. The type of apparatus needed depends on the type, weight, and physical dimensions of the boat.

Boat Shipping Companies

We are not strictly a boat shipping company, as we ship all types of vehicles. However, we can take of a boat just as easily as we can ship a car, truck, or van. We are properly licensed to ship seafaring vehicles, and we keep up to speed with all of the governing laws and regulations pertaining to the safety and handling of boats. Don’t think that just any boat shipping company can handle your needs equally well! You need to work with a solid proven company that has a reliable track record. Not only have we been shipping vehicles for a long time; we’ve been shipping boats for a long time as well.

We’re the BEST Boat Transport Company!

No one knows boats like Riley Auto Transport! We can pick up your boat anywhere you want—and drop it off anywhere you want. The only thing we can’t do is sail it for you! Riley’s unmatched record of quality customer service and consistent delivery of fast service at competitive prices don’t just make us the best choice for your boat shipping needs. We are the ONLY logical choice for your next boat shipment. We’ll pick up your boat from the marina or from a storage facility, and we’ll tow it away to the destination of your choice.

Boat Hauling Services

Just as with our world-famous car shipping services, we will track your boat from source to destination, and we will come as close as safely and legally possible to where you want us to pick up or deliver your boat. There are some logistical restrictions, such as narrow roads. When it comes to storage facilities, we are not able to enter in between rows of storage units. However, if you can tow the boat out into the parking lot or into the outside entrance of the facility, our vehicle shipping trucks will take it from there. We will bring all necessary equipment to hitch your boat to our carrying equipment, and we’ll make sure that you’re informed about all of the papers that you’ll need to sign. We’ve done everything we can to make the process completely smooth and seamless.

Planning to have us haul your boat for you? We’d love to help! Give us a call today and we’ll get your date locked in. Keep us in mind for all of your boats and other vehicles when it comes time to ship them. Riley is your boat shipping resource!

Vehicle in running condition:   Yes    No
Shipping Preference:   Open    Enclosed


My dune buggy was shipped across the country without issue and delivered without any complaints!      

Nathan C.

Riley Auto Transport customer

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