Top 5 Methods Used ForBoat And Yacht Transportation

Are you planning to import a boat or yacht to Australia? That’s a great decision. However, you may wonder whether your plan would be successful or not.

Most laymen buying a boat for the first time don’t know how boats are imported and transported by companies like And therefore they can easily get confused about what to choose, what to look for and what to expect.

There are various ways of transporting boats and yachts. The dimensions, size and mobility of your vessel will have a direct influence on which of them you should select while transporting your boat.

Here are some of the various ways that are used for loading the yachts on transporting vessels. This may explain you which method is suitable to which type of boat.

1. Roll On/Roll Off Transport

Roll on/roll off is the most common and advisable method to transport boats. In this method, the boat is towed on a cradle or trailer into the transport vessel actually and then parked on the deck.

Benefits of Roll On/Roll Off Method

  • It eliminates the possibility of any damage while the vessel is on sea since the boat is secured for the entire voyage
  • It’s simple to tow the boat directly off the ship and to its final destination after it arrives at the destination port
  • It involves less handling since the boat is not lifted, and not driven on and off

2. Lift On/Lift Off Transport

Lift on/lift off method is more suitable to larger boats that cannot be transported via a road towards the port. This method involves the boat being parked beside the transport vessel. Lifting slings are lowered in the water from the transport vessel.

Then divers secure the boat to the slings with the help of marked lifting points and the boat is safely lifted from the water on the transport vessel, where a cradle will be kept ready to lift the boat on to. Next the boat is secured firmly to the cradle and floor with chains and straps.

3. Flat Rack

Flat rack is the most suitable system for larger boats that can be transported by road towards the port for loading and is the best solution when the option of roll on/roll off is not available.

A crane or forklift is used to lift the boat on the cradle on the flat rack and then the boat is secured, braced and blocked to the flat rack and cradle on the transport vessel. It’s a good idea to shrink wrap the boat to keep it protected against debris and damage.

4. Transporting by Containers

Transporting by containers is the most inexpensive way to move your boat, provided it fits inside a standard container. Today world’s most liner vessels are full container vessels. Hence if your boat fits inside a 40’ container (39’5” l x 7’8” w x 7’8” h), this is perhaps the best method of transport for you.

5. Float On/Float Off Transport

Float on/float off transport is usually the best method for larger mega and superyachts. This method involves preparing the deck by installing keelblock cradles and supports to the yacht carrier’s deck. Next the vessel is immersed into a ‘floating marina’ that enables easy loading of the yachts.

After every yacht is moored in its designated position, dock operation is started by the yacht carrier, draining the water and securing the yachts. After the deck is dried, the yachts are secured to the deck and are prepared for a secure crossing.

During the shipping, the yachts are securely stowed between the spray-covers of the yacht carrier, offering them protection from the elements.

Learning about these different boat transporting methods, you will surely feel confident that you can choose the boat of your dreams and get it delivered to you safely with the most suitable method of transportation. Learn more about boat and yacht transportation at