Northwest Vanlines understands the value your boat has to you and your family. If you are ready to go, please fill out our carriers quote form to receive a quote for your move. We also understand the importance of selecting a boat shipping company that can get the job done quickly and effectively and one that you feel comfortable referring to your family and friends! We at Northwest Vanlines, 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 Northwest Vanlines 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. If you would like to verify any insurance or authority feel free to call our offices. We would be glad to send it to you even before you book your move.
All boat transport are handled 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.
Proper preparation of your boat for carriers requires careful planning and attention to detail on both the part of the owner and the boat car transport service companies involved. Proper preparation of the boat for shipping is the responsibility of the owner. Boat transport companies like Northwest Vanlines, do not typically prepare boats for transport. If your boat is not properly prepared for auto transport, it will typically be carriers “as is” and the boat carrier 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:
When choosing a marina for your boat make sure that they can assist you with the preparation of the boat for carriers. 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 Northwest Vanlines to transport 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.