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  • uShip makes shipping your watercraft easy and affordable

 

Boat Transport

uShip makes shipping your watercraft easy and affordable

 

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BoatUS has partnered with uShip, a website that makes it easy and affordable to price, book and ship any type of watercraft, gives free shipping estimates based on what others have paid for similar watercraft shipments and allows you to read other customers' unbiased reviews so you can pick your provider with confidence.

When shipping boats through uShip, Members will have shipper fees waived and a preferred carrier network; only carriers with 95% positive feedback or higher will be eligible to bid on BoatUS Members' listings. Learn more at www.uship.com/BoatUS

Here are some important steps to follow when hiring a company to transport your boat:

Research

Transportation service providers (TSPs) are state licensed and are issued an Operating Authority document by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT). In addition, TSPs must obtain vehicle insurance, liability and cargo insurance and drivers must have commercial driver's licenses. Ask to see the DOT or state documents and copies of the cargo insurance. The DOT makes it easy to check the status of commercial carriers' licenses, their motor carrier insurance data, and their safety ratings online by going to safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/CompanySnapshot.aspx.

Preparation

Your boat may be traveling down the highway in hurricane-force winds and experience road vibration for days. The job of most TSPs is to simply to ship the boat from one point to another without damaging it and not to prepare your boat for shipping. To help prepare, use an experience boatyard or prepper and consider hiring a marine surveyor for the loading and arrival of the boat, as they know load points and can also document damage. Take lots of date-stamped pictures that document the condition of the boat, its contents, and how the boat is secured on the trailer.

Damage/Insurance

It is your responsibility to immediately document any damage upon arrival and unloading — take lots of pictures. Don't let the driver depart without acknowledging in writing any damage on the "condition of cargo" documents and be sure to receive copies of all documents. Most TSPs require the shipment to be paid even if there is damage. Since claims may be handled without involving their insurance company, you may need to hire a marine surveyor to prepare an estimate and protect your interest. Before you ship, check with your boat insurance company to see if they provide coverage for damage during shipping (BoatUS policies do.) If so, notify your insurance company immediately if there is any damage, even if the shipper says they will pay for it. If the shipper reneges, the insurance company can file a claim against your shipper or their insurance carrier. If you find the shipper reluctant to fix your boat, notify the DOT, who will investigate complaints about carriers.

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