Should I Ship My Boat?

Should I Ship My Boat?

Owning a boat is a dream for many people. The thought of shipping a boat can make any boat owner nervous. Many companies may even leave boat owners adrift to their own devices. That is why Ship Your Boat provides a comprehensive and professional boat shipping service that will fit the needs of any boat owner. Ship Your Boat can transport any size vessel from small boats to large yachts with locations throughout Florida. It is critical to consider all of the choices available when shipping a boat.

  • Preparing A Boat For Shipment
  • How A Boat Is Shipped
  • Finding The Best Method Of Shipment

Preparing A Boat For Shipment

Reviewing the necessary details for the boat shipping process will save owners time and money in the long-run. Thoroughly checking a boat before transport will guarantee there are no unexpected issues or fees. Be sure to drain the appropriate amount of fuel and liquids from the proper systems ahead of time. Remove any personal items, equipment, or perishable items. Disconnecting the battery and removing any cables is strongly recommended. Confirm that the exterior of the boat is clean to avoid any potential issues. Checking for any bottom growth before traveling into other states will avoid any impounding and fees. You will need to ensure all doors or windows are secured. All safety equipment must remain on board and be checked before shipment as well.

How A Boat Is Shipped

Shipping a boat is a convenient process for the right company involved. Overland transport is one of the most common ways that involves shipping a boat on land via semi-trucks. The costs associated with shipping overland will vary based on the size of the boat. Oversea transportation is another option. It typically is used for international shipping purposes and involves loading a boat on to a large ship for transport. A yacht transport ship can carry larger boats into international or domestic waters as well. Another variant of this service provides a captain and crew for safe passage to different harbors.

Finding The Best Method Of Shipment

Having a budget in mind when selecting a shipping method is key. Calculating the size of the boat will narrow down all of the available options. Transportation requirements for boat size and capacity will typically vary by state. Certain states may require that boats are transported only during certain hours of the day. Delayed transport times may occur if time restrictions are applicable. Certified escorts and permits also may be required for any oversized boats. Shipping a boat overseas could be the best option but prove to be more costly than anticipated. Hiring a crew to assist in the transportation process is another option. Crew members will personally ensure that the boat arrives safely at the harbor.

Boat owners want to have peace of mind during the boat shipping process. Cast away the stress by using a licensed and insured service that will sail through the boat shipping process. Ship Your Boat can ship any boat anywhere- no matter what size. Transporting a boat has never been easier thanks to Ship Your Boat’s locations in Florida. Contact the qualified professional staff members available 24 hours a day toll-free at (888) 532-8805.

What Boats Can Be Shipped?

What Boats Can Be Shipped?

Boat shipping is a convenient service for people who own large boats and should hire the boat transporter company Ship Your Boat. Ship Your Boat provides full-service overland and ocean transport which is an excellent service for boat owners. We provide the right equipment and trailers to transport any large or small boat. The types of boats, the preparation process, and how the boat is transported are essential for shipping a boat.

What Boats Can Be Shipped?

  • Different Types Of Boats
  • Preparation For Shipping
  • How A Boat is Transported

Different Types Of Boats

A yacht and sailboat are two popular types of boats. These boats are used to make trips in an ocean or lake. A yacht is a large and luxurious vessel that is mainly used for luxury recreational purposes. Equipped with various amenities, such as leather seats, and bedrooms, a yacht is great for long journeys. A sailboat is a smaller vessel and is propelled entirely by sails and is used for short day trips. These type of boats can be transported on water and overland by Ship Your Boat with an experienced team to complete the job.

Preparation For Shipping

Preparing a boat to be shipped is crucial for the safety of the boat and the transporter. First, everything on the boat must be secured in order to transport the boat safely. If there are any loose items that extend beyond the hull the items could become loose and cause damage during transport. Items such as electronics, anchors, antennas, and flagstaffs must be removed and properly restored. It is also crucial to drain water systems including the air conditioning and pumps to avoid interior water damage. In order to protect from possible damage, it is crucial to make sure the vessel is insured in order to avoid being fully responsible for the potential damage.

How A Boat is Transported

A boat can be transported over-land and water. Ship Your Boat Now has various ocean transport services and overland interstate and intrastate services. To ship a sailboat or yacht over the ocean, the vessel is placed in another large boat. Ship Your Boat can transport boats to and from oceans in the United States or to and from international waters. In order to ship a boat overland, it will be placed on a trailer with multiple axles. The boat is tied down to the trailer with a heavy and durable material to keep the boat in place.

The boat transporters at Ship Your Boat are qualified professionals who are experienced in boat shipping. People who own boats should hire Ship Your Boat to transport their boat. Boat shipping is a convenient and efficient service for boat owners. We have all of a large boat’s shipping needs in order ship domestic and internationally. Call us today at (954) 954-1466 for a free quote regarding our great shipping services! Visit us on the web at Ship Your Boat for more information.

Intrastate Boat Transport: What To Expect

Intrastate Boat Transport: What To Expect

Owning a boat is one of the coolest assets to invest in. There is nothing like casting off on the open sea and traveling by boat. Whether it’s sports fishing or traveling to another country, traveling by yacht or boat is always a good time. Depending on the circumstance, sometimes boat owners move to different cities. There may be a great opportunity to purchase a yacht but the vessel requires transportation to a dock. These are some of the reasons why boat owners need their vessel transported. Here is what to expect when there is a need to ship your yacht or boat.

Boat Preparation

Intrastate boat transport typically is performed on land as it makes logistical sense. Yachts and boats are transported via a trailer and are sometimes exposed to the elements. It’s important to have a boat prepared prior to transport. This involves securing all openings such as doors and windows. Items like electronics and other valuables need to be taken out so there is no possibility of damage.

Documentation

It is unlikely that a boat or yacht will be damaged during transport. As a precaution, it’s important to take photos of your boat before transportation. Taking photos help boat owners with any potential claims that may come up. Photographs also help with any post-transportation reassembly that is necessary. As a best practice is always important to have the title, and insurance information readily available before transport.

Boat Maintenance

Prior to transportation, tanks that contain liquid have to be drained. This means fuel, water and waste have to be empty. Drain plugs also have to be removed from the hull. If the yacht is being transported during winter, all water systems, pumps, and air conditions have to be drained. The boat’s power system also has to be removed before intrastate transport. That means disconnecting the battery and securing cables away from terminals.

Expectations

A reputable shipper will secure the boat and yacht properly. This means that the vessel will be transported carefully and safely. The transport company will handle bumps in the road, unpredictable weather, and strong winds. They will also be in communication if anything regarding intrastate boat transportation happens. From pick up to delivery, a shipper will transport your yacht or boat safely.

Ship Your Boat are transportation experts that can ship any size vessel safely and on time. No matter if it’s a small boat or large yacht, Ship Your Boat can transport with no issue. We provide intrastate boat transport and ship to anywhere within the continental United States. Fill out this form today for a free quote.

Choosing A Boat Transport Service

Choosing A Boat Transport Service

When it comes to shipping your boat, you want the safest transport so your boat is ready to cast off. No matter what size your yacht or boat is, it can be safely shipped to the location of your choice. There are a few factors to consider when shipping your boat. The time frame, the size of your vessel, where it’s being delivered, and preparing your boat should all be taken into consideration when choosing a boat transportation service.  

Shipment Listing

First, figure out what your shipping needs are so you can create a listing. For example, calculating the time frame is necessary so your boat can be delivered at a time that works with your schedule. That information helps the boat transport service prepare your boat for a timely delivery. Communicate to the boat transportation service whether your boat will be on its own trailer or if a carrier’s trailer will be needed. Listing your shipment will indicate the measurements of your boat. Knowing the dimensions determines what method will be used when the boat is transported and the size of the trailer needed.

Preparing Your Boat for Shipment

Making the necessary preparations helps ensure a successful boat transport. This includes securing loose items so travel damage is avoided. Take photos before dismantling anything on your boat, so you have a reference when reassembling the boat after the transport. Also, remove all personal items from your boat and clean your boat’s exterior so it’s easy to inspect for damages. Here are some additional preparation tips to ensure your boat is ready for transport.

  • Pick a loading spot that has a 14’ clearance
  • Secure all loose gear below and above deck
  • Close any hatches and seal them to avoid water damage
  • Cabin windows need to be latched and taped from the outside
  • Drain all fuel and water tanks and remove drain plugs from the hull
  • Disconnect the battery and secure all cables away to prevent contact

Measuring Your Boat

To ensure your boat is transported safely, provide the correct measurements to the boat transportation service. It’s advised to manually measure your boat, even if you have the information from the owners manual. These are the type of measurements that a boat transportation service will need to transport your vessel.

  • Measure the overall length from the tip of the bow to the center of the stern. Include the bow pulpits, swim platforms, motor brackets and the length of the motors
  • To measure the overall height, start from the bottom of the keel to the highest non-removable part of the boat.
  • The beam is measured from the widest point of the boat which includes the rub-rail

To transport your boat via interstate highways, the legal loaded height of your boat is required to be at or under 13’6″. If this is not possible, alternative choices are available, but keep in mind that the boat will take longer to transport. An oversize load permit will be needed if your boat is over 8’6″ wide. For boats that are over 12′ wide, they will require a certified escort which is added to your hauling charges.

Taking these factors into account will help you decide which transportation service to choose. For example, not all boat transportation services are equipped to handle vessels of larger sizes, which narrows down your choices. Also, some boat transportation services may not be able to deliver the boat where you need it. At Ship Your Boat Now, we are Florida’s premier boat transportation service. We are able to transport yachts and vessels of any size, and our support staff is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Contact us today for a free boat transportation quote today!

 

How NOT to do boat shipping!

How NOT to do boat shipping!

Everything looks perfectly normal until suddenly a snap, crash, and splash. This poor boat is now back in the water, upside down. I sure hope that this shipper is fully insured and properly licensed like what we use here at Ship Your Boat Now! When boat shipping goes wrong you need to know you’re covered. Make sure you and your boat are protected.

Palm Beach International Boat Show

Palm Beach International Boat Show

palm beach florida boat showOn Thursday West Palm Beach is opening the Palm Beach Boat Show in Florida, which will be showing over $1.2 billion worth of boats and yachts. All this week crews have been setting up boats, docks, booths and tents downtown on Flagler Drive for the boat show – Which will be here from March 21 through March 24.

This is the 28th year of the Palm Beach Boat Show which is located in West Palm Beach, Florida at the Lake Worth Lagoon.

What to Expect at the Palm Beach Boat Show

At the West Palm Beach International Boat Show you’ll be able to see equipment and goods ranging from inflatable boats to super yachts, and the accessories that go with them. Included in the displays are a large variety of power boats, bow riders, and personal watercraft.

The boat show brings with it a large impact on the Florida economy. Boating business booms and the taxes bring a strong economic growth. Last year’s boat show generated $2.8 million and State exise and sales taxes.

Time and Tickets

The show hours are 12 PM – 7 PM on Thursday, 10 AM- 7 PM on Friday and Saturday, ad 10 AM – 6 PM on Sunday. Tickets are $16 for adults, $7 for children ages 6 to 15, and are free for children under 6 years old. You can also save $2 by purchasing tickets online at ShowManagement.com.

After the show the attendees are invited to submit their favorite Instagram photos taken during the show by tagging them with #PalmBeachBoatShow for a chance to win a one year subscription to any of the following publications:

  • PassageMaker
  • Power & Motoryacht
  • Soundings
  • Soundings Trade Only
  • Yachts International

These photos will be uploaded to the Palm Beach International Boat Show Facebook page, and the top 5 with the most likes will have a chance to pick one of the magazines above for the free one year subscription.

The photos can also be uploaded directly to the Palm Beach International Boat Show facebook page for entry.

Florida Boating Restrictions in Everglades Park

Florida Boating Restrictions in Everglades Park

Florida Boating in Everglades National ParkThe Everglades National Park has put restrictions on boaters’ by closing one third of the park to traditional boating. After examining damage and threats it was realized that to repair the damage restrictions must be put on boating in the area.

Boating Restrictions in the Park

Some of the restrictions include minimized combustion engine boating and limiting access by boat to areas in the park. There are several meetings that the public can attend to have their input heard, reviewed, and analyzed for the plans to the park.

Florida Sportsman featured: Everglades Park to Close One Third of Florida Bay to Traditional Boating

 

From Press Release/Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is seeking public comment on its Draft General Management Plan / East Everglades Wilderness Study / Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GMP). The Draft GMP was released today for public review and public comment is requested by Sunday, May 12, 2013.

Superintendent Dan Kimball said, “The park has been working hard to complete the draft plan, and we’re pleased to have reached this important milestone. We now look forward to presenting the results of this collaborative effort, hearing directly again from the public and many stakeholder groups, and working together to shape the long-term vision for the park.”

The Draft GMP is available for review and comment at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/EVER (then go to the “Open for Comment” link). A limited number of paper copies and compact disks (CDs) of the plan are also available upon request by contacting Everglades National Park at 305-242-7700.

Seven (7) public meetings will be held the evenings of March 19 – 21 and April 8 – 11, 2013 (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; the April 8 meeting will also be webcast through the link above). The meetings will be organized in three parts:

• Open House – opportunities for the public to review Draft GMP materials, meet with National Park Service (NPS) staff, and provide comments
• NPS Presentation – overview of key features of the Draft GMP
• Formal Comment/East Everglades Wilderness Hearing – comment session that allows the public to comment on the Draft GMP and the East Everglades Wilderness Study (session will be transcribed)

The Draft GMP provides broad guidance and describes desired conditions to be achieved and maintained regarding natural and cultural resource protection, appropriate types and levels of visitor activities, and facility improvements and development. Also included is a wilderness study for the East Everglades Addition (an area added to the park in 1989, after the park’s original 1978 wilderness designation). The Draft GMP presents and evaluates the NPS Preferred Alternative and three other alternatives. Superintendent Kimball believes that the Preferred Alternative would most effectively achieve the park’s long-term goals and be compatible with Everglades ecosystem restoration efforts.

Superintendent Kimball added, “We have carefully considered public input received during many rounds of public and stakeholder meetings, the park’s mission and legal responsibilities, and current and future restoration projects, in crafting the Preferred Alternative. The Preferred Alternative is also identified as the environmentally preferred alternative.”

Among other features, the Preferred Alternative includes important proposals for two areas of the park that have been of particular interest to the public and park managers: Florida Bay and the East Everglades Addition.

In Florida Bay, extremely shallow areas would be managed as pole and troll (non-combustion engine use) zones, while still providing traditional access and use through the channels and deeper basins.

Superintendent Kimball supports this proactive measure, stating, “Careful examination of damage and threats to natural and submerged wilderness features, and patterns of visitor use, pointed to the need for a new strategy. The Snake Bight Pole and Troll Zone pilot project, with overwhelming public support, showed me that new approaches to park management are possible. The Snake Bight project demonstrated that resource protection and enhanced visitor opportunities, designed in close consultation with the public, can work. Our approach in the Draft GMP is the same; it’s a multi-faceted program (mandatory boater education, improvements to navigation and enforcement, and strategic zoning) and builds on work by the state of Florida in its 1995 statewide report for protecting vital seagrass resources. I’m confident that over time, we can effectively implement these strategies and see benefits to resources and visitor experience in the park.”

In the East Everglades Addition, for the first time since passage of the 1989 Expansion Act, a framework would be established for managing commercial and private airboating, and backcountry uses.

Superintendent Kimball says, “The Preferred Alternative outlines a zoning strategy that would lead to implementing a limited number of airboat tour concession contracts between NPS and four eligible companies identified in the 1989 Expansion Act, and identifying areas for eligible individual airboaters, and backcountry recreational users. The Preferred Alternative also proposes 80,100 acres of wilderness and 9,900 acres of potential wilderness in the 109,600-acre Addition.”

The Draft GMP also highlights a new, smarter approach to sustainable development in coastal areas like Flamingo and Everglades City, where consideration of sea level rise, storm surge and fiscal realities have led to innovative investment strategies for both the NPS and its partners, such as park concessioners.

To guide complex efforts like Florida Bay and East Everglades Addition management, a stakeholder-based advisory committee would be established. This committee would help park managers in GMP implementation by working with park managers to assess projects, and inform monitoring and adaptive management activities to meet resource protection and visitor use goals.

After the public review and comment period ends on May 12, public input will be reviewed and analyzed, and adjustments to the plan will be made. The Final GMP and Record of Decision will be issued in 2014.

Schedule of Public Meetings (all 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.):
Date Location
March 19, 2013 Homestead, Florida
John D. Campbell Agricultural Center, 18710 SW 288th Street
March 20, 2013 Islamorada, Florida
Coral Shores High School, 89901 Old Highway
March 21, 2013 Everglades City, Florida
Everglades City School, 415 School Drive
April 8, 2013 Dania Beach, Florida
International Game Fish Association – Fishing Hall of Fame, 300 Gulfstream Way
Live webcast will be available: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/EVER

April 9, 2013 Naples, Florida
Edison State College, Collier Campus – Building J, 7007 Lely Cultural Parkway
April 10, 2013 Key Largo, Florida
Murray Nelson Government Center, 102050 Overseas Highway
April 11, 2013 Miami, Florida
Florida International University – Stadium Club, 11200 SW 8th Street

High Hopes for Repair

The park hopes to repair damage done over years of boating and other activities in the Everglades. The Superintendent believes that the preferred alternative will be the best choice for the environment of the Everglades Park, and has faith in the chosen method.

De-Winterizing Your Boat

De-Winterizing Your Boat

De-Winterizing Your BoatWinter is over and it’s time to take your boat out on the water! Don’t forget to make sure your boat is ready for the season before you take it out though. It’s also time to learn about de-winterizing your boat to make sure you have a safe and worry free time on the water.

Is it Important to De-Winterize Your Boat?

Absolutely! De-winterizing your boat is the first step you should take before boating after winter. If you don’t de-winterize you could end up damaging your boat or embarrassing yourself by not even being able to start it!

To avoid those situations we’ve compiled this guide to help you on your way to safe, fun, and smooth sailing.

Instructions on De-Winterizing

  1. Read your boats owner’s manual, and if there are de-winterizing instructions follow those instead of any general guides.
  2. If you didn’t change your boats oil before storing it then now is the time to do it. Don’t forget to change the oil filter too. Do this for the engine and transmission.
  3. You may need to replace hoses after storing your boat for so long. Make sure that the fuel line is attached and free of cracks or breaks, and is not brittle.
  4. Next you need to flush the cooling system and replace the old antifreeze with equal parts of water and coolant. Check the hoses for cracks, breaks, or brittleness and replace as needed.
  5. Locate and remove your distributor cap, then clean out any corrosion that has occurred. Make sure that you restore all of the connections when you put the distributor cap back on.
  6. Replace your spark plugs with new ones and then lubricate the engine with an appropriate product. Refer to your owner’s manual on how to space the spark plugs at the correct gap distance if you are not sure.
  7. Check your starter cable for frays or wear. Make sure there are no knots. If the cord has any problems it is essential to replace it.
  8. When you get your boat in the water, align the engine and shaft. Start the engine and inspect the exhaust to ensure there is a cooling water flow. Check the temperature of that water.
  9. The final step is to do a trial run. Check that the engine is running smoothly and the transmission is running evenly. Then check that the forward, reverse, and neutral shifts are performed easily.

Tips & Warnings

If your engine smokes during its first run, don’t panic! It is likely that the fluids just need to run through it for a few minutes after sitting all winter.

Make sure to winterize your boat at the end of the season to keep your boat running properly for longer!

See The Quadski at the 2013 Miami Boat Show

See The Quadski at the 2013 Miami Boat Show

GIBBS QuadskiAt the 2013 Miami Boat Show we’re looking forward to getting a look at the new Quadski that was released in mid-November 2012. The Quadski is an ATV that has an addition that others don’t, the ability to ride on water. With one push of a button, and a few seconds for transition, this ATV goes from powering through trails to making waves like a jet ski.

Make sure you come and check it out this year at the Miami Boat Show!

 

First in the World

Named “The World’s First High-Speed Amphibian (HSA)” the Quadski is built with a durable light-weight composite hull, and it utilizes patented water-jet technology and combines with the power of a BMW Motorrad engine and transmission for an extreme ride.

The Quadski comes with a 15-gallon tank and is available in five colors – red, blue, yellow, silver, and black – and is also on sale at dealerships in Florida, Texas, New York, Michigan, and in some Midwestern and southeastern states.

See the Quadski at the Miami Boat Show

Come to the 2013 Miami Boat Show and see the GIBBS Quadski on display at the National Marin Super Yacht Toy Store and get a closer look. Along with the Quadski, you can expect to see nearly 3,000 boats being showcased by over 2,000 companies, a wide range of marine engines, and boatloads of gear and accessories.

The Quadski converts from land to water at the push of a button, which activates the unique retractable suspension system that offers outstanding ride and handling on land, and reacts in just seconds after entering the water. The engine is a four-cylinder, electronic fuel-injected, water-cooled engine that is considered the lightest in its segment.

This HSA is over 10.5 feet long, is 5.2 feet wide, and 4.3 feet high with a wheelbase of 5.8 feet to meet applicable state and federal safety regulations.

About Gibbs Sports Amphibians

Gibbs Sports Amphibians, Inc. (BIGGS) put millions of dollars and years of work into developing the Quadski, and are manufacturing it in a 54,000-square-foot plant in Auburn Hills, Michigan. GIBBS development of the Quadski has made them a pioneer in the development of HSA technology that will lead the way to a new way to have fun with ATVs.

GIBBS other division Gibbs Amphitrucks Inc. put out similar products, but designed for military or first responders instead of for sporting.

More information about GIBBS and its HSA technology can be found at www.gibbssports.com.

See the Quadski in Action

Houseboats – Live It Up On The Water!

Houseboats – Live It Up On The Water!

HouseboatsAll over the world people are moving off land and into the water. Houseboats are becoming bigger and better every year, and life on them is becoming more comparable to living on land thanks to technologies’ leaps forward.

Staying Connected

Just a few years ago if you wanted internet without the wires you were stuck with two options, get satellite or get over it. Now, with worldwide 3G and 4G data connections and how common mobile phones are moving into a houseboat is an easy transition with multiple options.

If you decide that it’s time for your life to move to sea you won’t have any worries about how to transition, and more and more new houseboats are coming standard with features you need for a move like that. Now that it’s so easy to keep connected after leaving land to live on a houseboat you won’t have to worry about losing contact with family and friends, or with playing your favorite online game either!

Extreme Houseboats

These days having a custom houseboat isn’t difficult, and with so many options you can have almost anything you want. There are houseboats that look like houses, like submarines, like domes, and so much more! You can have your own sea mansion to float around in, and have it as roomy as a land house!

With houseboats like the Jelly-Fish 45 and the Trilobis 65 out there, it seems like there is hardly anything that can’t be built for the sea just as well, or even better, than on land!

If you don’t want a houseboat mansion you can do what some others have been doing. Build a raft base, or have one built, and put a camper or trailer on it! This makes for an easy move back and forth from land to sea any time you want!

So if you want to travel the world on your cozy houseboat and then just roll off the raft and cruise around without having to make any real adjustments, then this is perfect for you. It also helps with keeping with a tight budget!

Live Free

With so many options out there for moving your life to the water, you can live as free as you want and nearly anywhere you want. Now you can move off land and travel the seas and still live in the comfort of a house that is still on land.

Check out these 17 Extreme Houseboats and House Boat Designs: From Luxury Habitats to Humble Floating Homes for ideas on living the sea life in style!

 

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