How do I gauge cost?
Size of the load and distance traveled. Size is more important, initially width/beam determines much of the cost, and on larger loads height can become a major factor. See below.
How can I pay?
SDBM accepts personal checks, certified bank checks, bank wire transfers and major credit cards on deposits. Final payments at delivery must be cash, certified bank check, bank wire transfer (must be sent early to ensure it clears our bank prior to offloading), or credit card.
What size limitations are there?
We are limited by weight more than size. As we currently only operate 3 axle tractors pulling 2 axle trailers we are limited to approximately 50,000 lbs. This is assuming we can legally balance that weight across all axles. See some typical loads >>
What if I don’t know my boat’s weight?
Weight is an important consideration, as it can affect the equipment we use to haul your boat, routing, etc. If we are not given the actual weight of the vessel, it can result in changes to your contract and timeframe (see “What can go wrong?” below). You can usually get this number from the manufacturer or dealer, and then add 10-20%. You can also often have the boat weighed when it’s hauled on a travelift, since many have scales built in. Maybe from an owner’s group online.
How far in advance do I need to book?
More lead time is better. Sometimes we can move you quickly if time is critical, or you might wait for a connecting load to save costs. Flexibility can certainly save you money.
How does the estimate process work?
We consider the boat transportation estimate process to proceed in three phases:
- We receive partial information about the vessel and route, and give a ballpark figure.
- Final weights and measurements are firmed up, and the estimate becomes firm. Contract is signed. At this point we typically require 3-7 days to schedule the load and secure required permits.
- On inspection of the actual vessel, if there are discrepancies in weights/measures, any alterations to the contract/cost are agreed upon by SDBM and the client.
What if I’m not shipping to or from San Diego?
No problem. We have gone from Maine to Virginia to Tacoma WA, never getting within 500 miles of San Diego. At any given time we might have trucks already in your state doing deliveries. You can save by matching up your load with another client by connecting loads.
Is there a way I can share a delivery?
Yes. Of course. We encourage connecting loads, as it’s a great way to reduce each client’s costs, and reduce our carbon footprint. See our Connecting Loads page for more info. One-way shared loads (two boats on one trailer) are rare, but possible if boats are very similar in size and type.
NOTE: A connecting load is not confirmed until we have a 50% NON-REFUNDABLE deposit paid from each party. This is the only way we can extend the discount to both clients.
How will my boat be insured?
Since Superstorm Sandy, there have been substantial changes in underwriting of vessels as long distance shipping loads. Please check with your boat insurance carrier directly. We currently have cargo insurance covering load values up to $750,000. We are keeping an eye on the situation and looking for opportunities to return to our normal insurance coverage, so ask your SDBM contact about the latest info when booking a move.
Does the mast get shipped separately?
Typically, no. They will go on top or side, depending on size of mast and width of load. Masts can also be shipped separately, if required.
I just bought a boat. Do I need to arrange shipping with my broker?
This is commonly done, but you don’t have to. We’re happy to work with you directly, but work with brokers all the time. Either way is fine with us.
Are trailers air-ride?
Yes. We use the best technology available to make the ride easy on your pride and joy.
Does San Diego Boat Movers do water launching?
No, we do not water load or launch boats.
Do You Have a Capabilities Statement for Public Contracts?
Certainly. Here you go, as PDF: SDBM Capabilities Statement
What can go wrong?
Very little, on a typical delivery. Most often problems arise when the boat owner has provided incorrect measurements for the boat. SDBM shows up with a certain truck/trailer combination, only to discover it won’t accommodate the actual vessel. Now the clock is running as we scramble to pull together the correct equipment, resulting in changes to your original quoted price. This is particularly true with weight issues, and oversize (height or beam/width), resulting in crossing a threshold for wide load, bridge clearances, etc. The best thing you can do to avoid these issues is to provide firm measurements of your boat if you KNOW them, and make it clear to SDBM if you’re not certain, so we can plan together to avoid any problems.