Our specialty is oversized boats up to 43' long and 23,000 pounds
Yes, up to 3 at a time
The 48 contiguous states
This may come as a surprise but anything over 8'6" wide or 13'6" high is considered oversized and legally requires a permit on every road in the country. The bigger boats you see being pulled by a non-commercial truck are likely being towed by the owner who doesn't know any better OR illegally by a "transporter" that isn't DOT authorized or commercially insured. They are at risk of being pulled over at any point along their route and being hit with hefty fines and the boat sitting on the side of the road waiting for someone like us to come and finish the trip.
It includes transport from lift to lift and all permits. If your boat is oversized and requires escorts, the cost will also include the fees charged to us by the escort company. ** Escort companies are 3rd party providers and their exact fees may vary.**
No, but we do encourage it whenever possible. Most customers like to be at one or the other and get some pictures.
Yes. The boat must be prepped and ready for transport. All canvases, cabin enclosures and loose items must be securely stowed away. Any radars, antennae, lights, mounting brackets, etc on arches must be removed if it causes the boat to be over 12'0" high from keel to highest point. A fly bridge will need to be removed and securely stowed. Some arches, upper windshields and steering wheels may need to be removed if it causes the boat to be over height. Not to worry though. We have a comprehensive prep list that we can provide and we're always available to answer any questions that come up!
That all depends on many factors. Distance, weather, traffic, oversized restrictions, etc. Per federal law, our drivers can only drive 11 hours a day and that's usually at 10 mph below the posted speed limit. If your boat is oversized, it can only be moved during daylight hours in most states. And may only be able to be moved for a few hours on the weekends, if it can be moved at all. Each state has different rules.
No. We carry $250,000 in commercial cargo insurance as well as non-owned trailer insurance (in case we're towing the boat on your trailer). Our insurance covers your boat (and trailer) from the time it's lifted onto our trailer until the time it's lifted off. We can also secure additional cargo insurance on a per trip basis if more coverage is needed. You can also check with your boat insurance company as some do provide coverage for over the road transport.
Yes. Marinas have their own set fees based on the length of your boat. You would work that out and pay those fees directly to them for their services. Lift fees are never included in our transport costs. On some occasions, depending on the boat, we can wet load at pickup and/or wet launch at delivery. We charge $150 for each and that is typically less than the lift fees.
Accepted forms of payment for deposits and balances:
**Credit/debit cards subject to 5.0% service fee
You can verify our active DOT Authority on the FMCSA's Safer website at FMCSA's Company Snapshot. (https://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/CompanySnapshot.aspx) You'll see we're authorized as a Motor Carrier for Property. Our current certificate of insurance is also available to view below this question.
Insurance, Certification & Licenses
Commercially insured for $250,000 cargo insurance to cover your investment while being transported by Great Lakes Haulers, LLC. Certificate of Insurance available upon request after booking.
DOT # 3344859
MC # 1068265
Class A CDL drivers only with over 35 years combined experience.