Boat Towing - Frequently Asked Questions
Boat Hauling FAQs
NJ Boat Mover makes your boat towing experience as stress free as possible, and understands the financial and emotional attachment that comes with owning a boat. Our goal is to provide a safe and incident free boat move, and our track record and many clients will agree we meet our goal each and every time. Below are answers to the most frequent questions new clients usually ask us here at NJ Boat Mover. Please feel free to contact us with any question you have.
Boat Hauling FAQs
To accurately offer you a boat transport quote, we begin by calculating the miles from point (A) where we load the boat, to point (B) where you want your boat delivered. Next we need to determine the size of your vessel and figure out the miles, if any, that we will need an escort. The reason for an escort is because each state has their own rules and regulations our drivers need to follow. IF YOUR BOAT IS NOT PROPERLY PREPARED FOR HAULING, BOAT WILL BE SHIPPED “AS IS” AND HAULER WILL NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY RESULTING DAMAGE. So please be sure to read our Boat Prep Guide. and take all steps necessary to ensure a damage free delivery.
Once you have chosen a Transporter, we will email you a contract which you need to sign and return to us with a deposit for half of the marine transport charges. This deposit secures your moving date and the remaining balance is due by official bank check, wire transfer, credit card or cash upon delivery. Our boat hauling rates are extremely competitive!
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Rates start at about $1 a mile and go up depending on: where your vessel is and where it is going, and also the length and weight of your sailboat or motorboat. You can get your boats individual cost to transport by going here: Boat Hauling Quote
This depends on how large, location of your boat, vehicle traffic, and whether we are using 1 driver or a team. The boat can move from 500-1,100 miles a day depending on the size and your transporters need for fuel, food and rest.
No. Our boat transporters are professional drivers not boat preppers. Vessel prep for transport needs to be handled by the pros or you if you are experienced in prepping your boat for transport. Proper preparation of your boat for transport requires careful planning and attention to details. Keep this in mind: If your vessel is being moved at 65 miles per hour into a 15 mile per hour head wind, it is experiencing hurricane force conditions. We will not be responsible for damage that is the result of improper preparation.
Our boat haulers responsibility begins when a boat is lowered or lifted onto our trailer and ends when your boat is lowered or lifted off of our trailer and signed for. You only get one chance to prepare your boat correctly for a damage free arrival. We created this boat moving preparation guide to ensure there are no misunderstandings along the way. Click here to Read: Boat Transport Prep Guide
NJ Boat Mover has transported power boats and sail boats up to 80′ long, 17′ wide, 17′ tall and 80,000 lbs. All of our overland boat transport equipment is designed to safely support your vessel and its accompanying structures such as a mast or flybridge. Long distance hauling, say over 500 miles, when your boat is taller than 13′, the mast or fly bridge usually needs to be removed due to highway height restrictions. On short runs, this is usually not a problem. To learn more about the equipment we use, please click this: Boat Towing Capabilities
Each state has different laws, but usually at about 12 feet wide, we/you will encounter additional costs and complexity such as an escort, wide load designation etc.. Generally anything under 12 feet wide or 10 feet high will be a relatively simple move.
Weight is a significant fact, as it can influence the equipment we use to transport your boat, and the roads we will travel. On the off chance that we are not given the weight of your boat, it can bring about changes to your hauling agreement. You can normally get this number online by searching for your year and model, and then add 15%. Calling the dealer or manufacturer is also an option if you are unable to find the boats weight online.
Yes! Your driver will be with your boat most 99.9% of the time. Our drivers sleep in their trucks and only leave the motor or sailboat alone to go into rest areas for food, fuel stops or when nature calls.
Usually, no. Your mast/s will go on top or on the side, based upon the size of your mast and width of your sailboat. Of course your mast can also be transported independently if that is what you desire.
We offer affordable boat hauling throughout the entire United States but mainly concentrate on the Northeastern territory which includes the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. We regularly transport vessels to and from Florida during the fall and back to the Northeast during the spring as well.