Boats and Yachts Shipping

With a fleet designed for maximum flexibility, we are able to cater for a wide range of cargo. Our customers range from global vehicle manufacturers to producers of high and heavy construction equipment and other rolling and non-rolling stock such as boats and yachts

boats and yachts shipping

Boats and Yachts Transportation

Due to the nature of this commodity, yachts and boats fit perfectly on Höegh’s wide range of roll trailers. With lengths ranging from six to 24 metres, we can accommodate an extensive range on our vessels.

For wider boats such as catamarans, we use our Double-wide rolltrailer concept, which involves two 40 feet roll trailers positioned side-by-side, joined together by a coupling system.

Transportation of boats is either on their own trailer or on a roll trailer - with or without a cradle. Either way, our experienced cargo handling team will ensure the cargo is secure during its transport.

Types of Equipment

With a fleet designed for maximum flexibility, we are able to cater for a wide range of cargo. Our customers range from global vehicle manufacturers to producers of high and heavy construction equipment and other rolling and non-rolling stock. Höegh Autoliners is also a leading carrier of secondhand vehicles.

32 feet superlow rolltrailer

32 feet superlow rolltrailer

Length 9.80m
Width2.80m
Height0.47m
Max cargo weight75 MT
30 feet rolltrailer

30 feet rolltrailer

Length 9.20m
Width: 2.80m
Height:0.90m
Max cargo weight160 MT
30 feet rolltrailer

30 feet rolltrailer

Length 9.20m
Width: 2.80m
Height:0.90m
Max cargo weight160 MT

How to ship a yacht or boat overseas?

Transportation of boats is either on their own trailer or on a roll trailer - with or without a cradle. Either way, our experienced cargo handling team will ensure the cargo is secure during its transport.

Here's how the process generally works:

1. The boat or yacht is typically loaded onto the roll trailer at the water's edge using a crane or a hydraulic trailer. The trailer is positioned under the vessel, and the boat is carefully lifted and placed onto the trailer, ensuring proper balance and weight distribution.

2. Once the boat is on the roll trailer, it needs to be securely fastened to prevent any movement or damage during transportation. This usually involves using straps, chains, or other methods to secure the boat to the trailer. It's crucial to ensure the boat is tightly secured to minimize the risk of shifting or damage.

3. Roll trailers are designed to facilitate roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) transportation, which means the boat or yacht can be easily rolled onto and off the trailer without the need for a loading ramp. This is especially useful when transporting boats between land and water.

4. Once the boat is securely fastened to the roll trailer, it can be towed or transported by a suitable vehicle such as a truck or semi-trailer. The transportation route will depend on the destination and the specific logistics involved.

5. At the destination, the boat or yacht is carefully rolled off the trailer and placed back into the water. This is typically done using a crane or a hydraulic trailer, similar to the loading process but in reverse. Proper care is taken to ensure the vessel is safely returned to the water without any damage.

Where can I ship my boat or yacht to?

We can deliver boats and yachts all over the world. Explore our trade routes to find out more.

Why ship a boat overseas with Höegh Autoliners?

Having accumulated many years of deep expertise in international yacht shipping, we have the necessary logistics solutions to guarantee the secure arrival of your boat or yacht at its designated port.

How much does it cost to ship a boat or a yacht overseas?

Yacht and Boat shipping costs are based on quite a few factors including:

  • The physical location of the boat and whether it needs to be lifted from the water or needs a cradle built.
  • The overall dimensions of the yacht or vessel including the support trailer or cradle.
  • Required transport method, i.e., roll on roll off/ lift on lift off or water to water service.
  • Distance and destination country.
  • Additional services such as cradling, shrink-wrapping, or insurance.
  • Customs and import fees.

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Which method for shipping a boat overseas do you offer?

We ship all yachts and boats using RORO (roll-on-roll-off). We simply roll the boats onto the deck of the shipping vessel and roll off at the destination. The benefit of using RORO for boat shipping is that your boat has minimal handling which means less chance of damage. Your boat will be shipped below deck in a secure weatherproof hold.

How to measure your boat?

Property measuring your boat is essential for safe transportation and to obtain an accurate quote.

You should provide:

  • Overall length. This is measured from the tip of the bow to the stern. It should include bow pulpits, swim platforms, motor brackets, and the length of the motors or outdrives in the raised position.
  • Overall height. This is measured from the highest, non-removable point of the boat to the bottom of the keel.
  • Beam. The beam is just the overall width of the boat, so measure from the two widest points including the rub rail.

You can find more help in our Customer service centre.

How long does it take to ship a boat?

The time it takes to ship a boat by sea can vary widely depending on several factors, including the distance between the origin and destination, the type and size of the boat, the shipping route, weather conditions, and the specific shipping service you choose.

yacht shipping

How to prepare a boat for shipping?

  • Prepare required documentation.
  • Clean and inspect your boat for any damage.
  • Take pictures of your boat’s condition before shipping in case any damage occurs during transport.
  • Remove or secure any loose items.
  • Drain fuel and water tanks.
  • Disconnect batteries to prevent any electrical issues from occurring.
  • Remove sails.
  • Close and lock your boat hatches.
  • Close all cabin windows.
  • Secure all cables.

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Need assistance? Contact our professional logistics team

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