How Do I Ship My Boat Or Yacht?

United understands the value your boat has to you and your family. We also understand the importance of selecting a boat carrier company that can get the job done quickly and effectively and one that you feel comfortable referring to your family and friends! We at United, have the experience and equipment necessary to handle a variety of boat types not only throughout the U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska, but also to Canada, Mexico and beyond.

Because your property is our highest priority, we at United boat shipping ensure your boat is being transport with all the proper operating authority and liability insurance coverage to match the value of your boat while in our care.

All boats are shipped by experienced drivers specifically trained in the loading and handling of all types of boats. Our drivers’ combined experience working with DOT, permit agencies, marinas, boat yards, and ports offers better savings to you, by avoiding costly delays.

Planning To Ship My Boat or Yacht

Proper preparation of your boat for shipping requires careful planning and attention to detail on both the part of the owner and all the boat shipping service companies involved. Proper preparation of the boat for transport is the responsibility of the owner. Boat transport companies like us, do not typically prepare boats for transport. If your boat is not properly prepared for transport, it will typically be shipped “as is” and we will not accept responsibility for any resulting damage. To make the shipping as safe and efficient as possible, here are some things to think about:
Have the boat ready to load when the truck arrives at its scheduled time. We do are best to deliver the boat at the estimated time. However, this is an approximation due to the many factors beyond our control such as weather, traffic, permitted re-routes, and availability of marina operations for loading and offloading schedules.
We will not be responsible for any damages caused by improper preparation. The preparation of your boat for shipping is key to the safe delivery of your boat to its destination. For example, if your boat is being moved at 60 miles per hour into a 14 mile per hour head wind, it is experiencing hurricane force conditions. Also, take in account any inclement weather that may be encountered en-route.


When choosing a marina for your boat make sure that they can assist you with the preparation of the boat for shipping. They must have necessary equipment to load and offload your boat. They must have a service bay available for disassembly or reassembly. Also, make sure that the facility has appropriate overhead clearance.


When requesting a quote from United boat shipping to ship your boat, the dimensions are extremely important. To receive the best possible price, please follow these guidelines for measuring your boat accurately.

  • Overall Length: Include bow pulpits, swim platforms, outboard motor brackets, outboard motors themselves (the length of the motors or out drives in the raised position). If on a trailer, include from the tip of the tongue to the end of the motor.
  • Overall Height: The maximum height of many overpasses is 13 feet 6 inches. Many oversized yachts require special low riding trailers called low boys. Boats with an overall height greater than 13.6’ loaded on the trailer require special handling and routing. It is critical to measure from the bottom of the keel to the highest non-removable part of the boat.
  • Overall Beam (Width): The beam of your boat is the measured as the widest point of the boat including anything attached to the boat. Boats wider than 8 feet 6 inches are regarded as oversize permitted loads and require state permits.