Thursday, June 28, 2018

Hiring The Services Of A Marine Transport Company

By Shirley Williams

Having a boat is one of those luxuries that can actually happen for many, depending on what size you want. While a multi-million dollar yacht is out of reach for most, having a much smaller vessel can be surprisingly affordable. However, unless you buy from someone at the same marina you plan to dock your boat at, then you will need the services of a marine transport company to help you get it there.

It does not matter how big or small your vessel is. It can even be a jet ski, which is not really a boat but is still a form of water transportation. From jet skis to large luxury yachts, there is no boat too big or too little to use these services, provided the company has a large enough trailer to handle the job.

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 cost of the move will depends on the distance of the transport and the weight and size of your boat. You can call or write for an estimate, but be ready with plenty of information. They will need to know the maker and model of the boat, the length, weight and possibly other info as well before a good estimate can be made.

Once you find an estimate within your budget, you can sign a contract to get the process underway. Just make sure they give you a delivery date. That way everyone is on the same page and knows exactly what to expect and how long the process is going to take.

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