If you have a yacht that you want to move to the other side of the country, you need to choose a marine transport company. Wondering what you should look for? Here are some tips to help you narrow in on the right transport company for your needs.
Look for Experience With Your Type of Watercraft
Marine transport companies move a wide range of different watercrafts. They work with jet skis, sport yachts, luxury yachts, speed boats and more. There are slight differences involved in moving all these items. To be on the safe side, look for a company with experience with the type of watercraft you need to move. That helps to reduce the risk of damage.
Have a Conversation About Insurance
Does the marine transport company offer accident insurance? What happens if there's an accident with the freight ship or plane? Does the marine transport company refund you and cover the cost of damage to your ship? Make sure you ask questions like this before choosing a company.
Also, see if the marine transport company covers actual value or replacement value. Ideally, you want replacement value so you can easily get a new watercraft. If the company does not have a built-in insurance plan, make sure that your personal watercraft insurance covers transport.
See How the Company Prepares Boats for Shipments
When shipping your boat across the country, you don't necessarily just want to put it on a trailer or in the cargo hold of a freight ship. Instead, you may want the company you select to do a bit of preparation work.
Ask prospective transport specialists what they do to prepare your boat. In particular, you need someone to remove sails, arches, bridges and other components. On top of that, you may want to work with a company that offers shrinkwrap services. Shrinkwrap can offer an additional layer of protection for your boat whilst it is being transported. In particular, it safeguards against chipping paints or dents.
Check Into Their Service Area
If you are just moving your yacht because you are moving, you don't need to worry about this element. However, if you do a lot of travelling and you are planning to use marine transport on a regular basis, you may want to look at what types of areas each marine transport company covers. Ideally, so you don't have to choose multiple companies, you may want to narrow in on one that does cross country transport as well as international marine transport.
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