An association of independent yacht and boat transporters and
All members are I.C.C. / D.O.T. certified with Motor Carriers Authority to transport yachts, boats and specialty cargo interstate. Fully insured, Liability & Cargo.
1. Be absolutely sure you know who you are dealing with. We constantly go through the search engines and directories for online auctions, marine products and services and yacht & boat sites of all kinds to check our ranking and listings. We try to stay on top of what is happening in the boat transport industry to help educate ourselves and our prospective customers. We have found there are several boat transport brokers using the internet to deceive boat owners into thinking that they are the actual boat transporter. They are not! The fact is more often than not your boat will probably be brokered several times before it gets to the actual transporter. Of course the broker you had originally been in contact with will have no idea who has your boat or where it is. A shell game of sorts.
Why would they have to resort to using deception as a way of generating business? Does that tell you something about the kind of person you're dealing with? First, ask if they are the ones who are going to transport your boat, or if they are just a broker. Second, ask if the driver they intend to load your boat has experience with your type of load. If they cannot answer these questions easily and professionally, chances are they are either a broker or unfamiliar with your type of boat.
This may sound like common sense, but take serious heed. If you have a 20' power boat on a new trailer, you can pretty much use any qualified transport company. But, if you have a 38' sail boat, be sure the transport company you hire has dealt with such a load. There are many boat transport companies who's main business are the smaller loads, or even large power boats, but the big boats require special loading and handling. Do not be intimidated by your own ignorance on how to load boats. Ask as many specific questions as you can: how they intend to load your boat, will it require any special equipment, will the load require any special permits. Again, if they cannot answer these questions easily and professionally, chances are they are either a broker or unfamiliar with your type of boat.
2. Shopping around for the "best price". " The bitterness of poor quality & service, will linger on long after the sweetness of a cheap price".
Again, if you have a 20' power boat on your own trailer, be sure you stay with reputable transport companies. By that I mean a company that has Motor Carriers Authority to transport Boats and Specialty Cargo. Why? Because if they don't have the proper M.C. Authority, their insurance does not cover boats or specialty cargo. Small boat owners beware. Small boats on trailers are easy prey for boat transport brokers. It has become common practice for boat transport brokers to broker your boat to haulers with no authority or insurance. If you don't care who hauls your boat as long as it's the cheapest price, it probably doesn't matter when it gets delivered or what condition it's in when it gets there. However, if you have a large boat, shaving a dollar here and there can cost you a bundle. If you have a large boat, or any type of sail boat, and have cost as your first priority, please read tip #1 again, and again.
Don't be fooled by catch phrases like back haul and back haul rates. It's a term barrowed from freight haulers and used by boat transport brokers to lure boat owners into believing they are giving them some kind of discount rate. Fact is anyone who has been in the boat transport business knows it's very rare that they find loads to take them back to their base of operation. Basically a back haul would be a contracted boat transporter working for a manufacturer or dealer exclusively taking a boat from their facilities to a another facility and returning to the manufacturer bringing one of their boats back. The "back haul" or back haul rate means the transporter is contracted to be paid less for the return load. It doesn't really apply to independent boat transporters because they are usually going from one load to the next and a load is a load is a load.
Professional boat transporters are expensive because they do their job right. They require the proper equipment, they hire experienced drivers and loaders, which command a premium price. Don't gamble with your boat just because a transport company has insurance either, anyone who has been around boats long enough knows that repairing damage is not quite the same thing with a boat as with other vehicles. Many times insurance companies try to save money on repairs wherever they can, and even with good intentions, getting a perfect repair is of course an impossibility.
Our free listing service puts your boat out in front of over 50 members of our association 24/7 giving them an opportunity to schedule your boat with existing loads getting you the best price. Deal direct with industry professionals. More importantly the person responsible for moving your boat.
We do not receive commissions from any boat transport companies registered as members of our association, we have no financial gain, it's simply the best free advice you are going to get.
If you have questions give us a call direct, we will be glad to assist you. 772- 237-2005 Mon. - Sat. 8:30 - 5:30.
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Crown Eagle, Inc.
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