Boat Transport

Because you are looking for a new wakeboard boat or ski boat, chances are it could be difficult to find one close to your area.  Inboard boats just aren’t as common as, say a Cobalt or Maxum.  Boats like that are very common whereas the perfect ski boat or wakeboard boat can be harder to find. Recommends uShip For the Best Rates

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So, when you do find it, even if it’s across the country, sometimes you just have to jump on it.  This can lead to the need for a boat shipping or boat transport service.  There are a few things you want to be sure about when selecting a boat shipping or boat transport service.

Basics of boat shipping and boat transport

  • Stow all loose gear and secure.

  • Boats should not be shipped with fuel or water in tanks. If you are shipping a ski boat or wakeboard boat,, make sure ballast tanks are totally drained.  Drain fuel and water tanks. Remove any drain plugs from the hull. There should not be any water in the bilge while it is being transported. During winter months, water should be drained from water systems, pumps, air conditioners, etc.

  • Disconnect batteries and secure. Remove anchors from the deck.

Canvas Covers/Shrink Wrap

  • All canvas covers must be removed as they will tear or fly off during transit.


  • If your boat has its own cradle, inspect it carefully for loose bolts or weakness of any kind.

External Accessories

  • All electronics, radar, hailers, horns, antennas, propellers, flag masts, lights, anchor lights, etc., must be removed, packed securely and securely stored below.


  • Cabin windows should be latched and taped from the outside.

  • All windshields and/or Plexiglas that protrude over the flying bridge should be removed, packed with a cargo blanket and should be well secured below.

Power Boats

  • Remove all propellers, flag masts, lights, outriggers, antennas, etc.

  • If your power boat is low enough to ship with the flying bridge on, remove all lights, wheels, masts and windshields that protrude over the bridge. All Plexiglas should be removed and packed below with a cargo blanket. If your power boat is not low enough to ship with the flying bridge on, you will have to have a cradle built for the bridge to be shipped in on the forward deck or cockpit area. Every point touching the deck or rails must be sufficiently padded. Remove all electronics and valuable items from the bridge, pack securely, and store below.