The 2019 Australian Wooden Boat Festival is less than one year away, but there is still lots of preparation you must do if you are planning on making the trip out this year.
This is an article for both individuals who have never transported a boat before, and for individuals who have, but want to learn more about the process so that you can ship your boat more efficiently. While sailboats may seem complicated to ship, it’s is no more complex than shipping any other type of vehicle.
In this article, I’ll cover the various popular shipping methods that you can use to ship your sailboat, how to recognize what a good transport company looks like, and some general preparation tips and best practices that you can use to better prepare your boat for transport.
Transporting sailboats by trailer is an affordable method when shipping boats overland. You may be using overland shipping as the sole shipping method, or you may use it in conjunction with other shipping methods like overseas shipping.
Note that shipping boats by trailer is slow, and if time is a factor, this may not be a good method for you. Drivers and couriers have to take great precautions when driving boats because accidents can happen if they are not careful. A trailer can swipe a car, a trailer can flip, and more. This is, mercifully, a rare occurrence for any shipping company.
Of course, hiring a quality transport company will reduce the chance of any abnormal shipping experience to near zero. However, because of the risks involved, shipping a boat by trailer overland will take some time.
Shipping containers are a popular method for shipping sailboats by sea or even over land. You will need to contact the shipping company that you want to use as they may have some dimensional restrictions when agreeing to ship your sailboat by container.
Shipping containers are a great method to transport personal boats. They are also an affordable method of transport. The container is secured and locked down from the moment the boat is placed in the container to the moment it arrives at its destination port, and you control who has access to your boat and when.
If you are concerned about the welfare of your boat, and you want to make sure that it arrives at port in the same condition that you sent it, shipping containers are a great method to use.
Transporting your sailboats as cargo may seem odd to the new boat owner, but it is a well-established practice and can be the best shipping method for you, depending on your needs. Your sailboat will be loaded onto a cargo ship and secured, and then transported to your destination port. From there, your boat will be unloaded, and then transported by land or by waterway to your eventual destination.
You may be concerned about sizing dimensions and whether your sailboat can fit. Do not worry. Very large yachts and cruise ships use cargo shipping. Shipping your sailboat as cargo will be effortless.
There are many tips and best practices that shipping transport companies should know. Each style of boat has its own general preparedness guide. Shipping a rowboat is a lot different than shipping a yacht, for example.
Here are some tips and best practices that are universal when shipping a boat.
Regardless of the transport method that you use to transport your sailboat, there is a general process that you need to follow. The specific process will depend on the shipping and transport company that you use, but the general process covered below is a good starting point.
There are several, well-known signs that good transport companies share. We will discuss them below, for readers who are either relatively inexperienced transporting their sailboats, or who are transporting their sailboat for the first time.
Depending where you ship your boat from, you will want to check in with the proper authorities to make sure that the process goes smoothly.
In the United States, specific cases require special permits, boaters are asked to declare any goods that they have brought with them, and there are several other smaller laws that are worth looking at.
Likewise, in Australia, boats that arrive via sea are required to check in with the Department of Home Affairs, where they will perform a set of clearance tests before an individual boat and its passengers are granted access to the country. Depending when you arrive, this process can be quick, or take some time.
In certain cases where you arrive late, you may be asked to stay on your boat overnight before being cleared for entrance in the morning.
The Department of Home Affairs makes it very clear that anyone arriving like this should:
Don’t be scared of this process. It’s really easy and designed to prevent large-scale abuse. As a recreational sailor, you’ll have no trouble at all getting clearance and enjoying the Australian Wooden Boat Festival.
In this article, we have covered the following:
You now know everything you need to start shipping your sailboat for the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Don’t miss out on this amazing event, it’s something that all sailors should experience if they are enthusiastic about the sailing lifestyle.
And don’t forget, we are trying to set a Guinness World Record this year. (For boats in bottles!) Make sure to bring yours along so you can take part in helping us set a record.