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5 Tips for Getting a Boat Home After a Purchase

New boat owners have much to look forward to with this lifestyle! The adventures, sports and activities, relaxing outings, and time with family and friends on the water are just a handful of reasons. Now that you have bought your boat, you’ll need to find a way to transport your vessel to the dock, marina, or your home. With that in mind, Boatline is providing five tips for getting your boat home after your purchase.

Transporting Based on Boat Type

First, it is important to note that the size of your boat will affect how you will transport it after your purchase. For example, a smaller boat like a new or used personal watercraft can be moved safely and easily over land, whereas large boats and yachts cannot be transported along roads. Let’s first look at the options for smaller boat purchases.

1. Delivery Service

Oftentimes, a boat dealership will provide a service to help transport your boat back to your residence. Though this will cost you more money, this will be a helpful service, especially if you are unfamiliar with towing a boat on the road. If your dealership cannot provide this service, there are many different boat transport companies that can assist you in moving your boat to your house. Since these companies specialize in delivery services, they are well-equipped with the fixtures and experienced drivers to safely transport your new vessel home. Be sure to inquire about their rates and weigh your options with other services if you feel that a delivery service is too pricey.

2. Use Your Own Trailer

Towing your boat may seem simple to those who enjoy do-it-yourself tasks. If you plan to take your boat home yourself, there are a few things you need to know about boat trailers before cruising down the highway towing your water vessel. Boats hauled over land using a trailer hitch must be:

  • No wider than 12 feet
  • No taller than 13 feet and 6 inches
  • Have a destination with at least a 14-foot overhead clearance for loading and unloading
  • Typically, shorter than 25 feet in length


Make sure you are familiar with the rules and regulations of trailering a boat. If this option interests you, be sure to check out
boat trailers for sale. Though this will cost more money, purchasing a boat trailer will be beneficial in the long run and make it easier to move your boat around. Also, before towing your boat, make sure to check both your auto and boat insurance companies to understand what is covered while being hauled.

3. Large Truck Transport

Though most large boats and yachts are too wide, tall, or heavy to be towed by personal vehicles, depending on the dimensions, these massive vessels can be transported on commercial 18-wheel trailers. By resting on their hulls, the boats are securely fastened with straps, chains, and coverings. These boat transport services also ensure that the engines, rudders, and propellers are secured. Likewise, they will remove and secure any loose items that could potentially be damaged while transported.

4. Boat to Your Destination

If you feel uncomfortable transporting your yacht on an 18-wheeler, consider transporting your boat close to your home, marina, or dock by piloting it on the water. Know your route; consider the distance you’ll be covering, and whether you’ll encounter any obstacles while you transport it. If the distance is too far for you to manage, you can also hire a delivery captain to pilot your boat. This could become costly, however, since you will need to pay for provisions and their transportation from your home port.

5. Ship Transport

If money is not an issue and you have purchased a super-yacht that is far from your home port, consider hiring a full-service freight forwarder that specializes in long-distance ocean transportation of exceptionally valuable watercraft. These so-called Ocean Transport Intermediaries or Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers will handle all facets of moving your boat—from paperwork to customs clearance, they have it covered. If you are willing to use this exceptional service, note that their fees can be pricey.

The size of your boat will affect how you transport it. Though some transport services offer great assistance, many smaller boat owners enjoy the DIY mentality and prefer using their own trailer. If you’re looking for your next new or used boat, be sure to check out all the listings on Boatline.com.

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Alex Hoyes
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