Is there an 'express' or fast option to transport a boat in Australia?
The fastest ‘express’ method to transport a boat in Australia will depend on a few factors, including the size and type of boat, the distance of the transport, and the availability of specialised equipment and services at the time you want to get it done. Although choosing the fastest method isn’t always as simple as it seems. Sure a courier that is sending a small parcel might be able to do it very quickly & you can pay a premium to get if overnight even.
Although speed in relation to boat transportation companies is a different consideration all together. Think about it this way, if a company says they offer express transport options and say it can be done in two days what shortcuts are they taking to guarantee that timeframe? Maybe their drivers aren’t taking a rest, maybe they spend less time securing the boat on the trailer or there could be other things going on that help speed up the process.
“The fastest may not be the best”
One of the things that Peter from Big Boat Transport does is to take the right amount of time not only when driving a large boat by road, but loading and unloading it at the pick up or delivery location. He takes his time to make sure there are no scratches or other such damage to your valuable boat while it is being transported.
In fact Peter can sometimes take a bit longer than other companies because he makes sure your boat will remain safe and damage free for the entire journey, it is like your baby is in his hands. Some of the most common and efficient methods of express or fast boat transportation in Australia include:
Road Transport: the most popular and widely available methods of express boat transport in Australia is road transport. This involves using specialised truck and trailer combinations to transport boats on the highways across the country over large distances. This method is generally the fastest way to transport a boat over long distances, as it allows boats to be moved quickly and efficiently along the country’s well-developed road network. Given the size of Australia it could take double the time to drive a boat by sea.
Air Freight: Air freight is another popular method of moving a boat quickly, particularly for smaller boats or boats that need to be transported over long distances quickly. This method involves loading the boat onto a cargo plane and flying it to its destination. This is the fastest way to transport a boat, but also the most expensive and only for the rich and famous most likely.
Rail Transport: Getting express boat transport done by rail is also an option in Australia. This involves loading the boat onto a flatbed train and transporting it to its destination. This method is generally slower than road transport but can be a cost-effective alternative for boats that are too large or heavy to be transported by being towed.
Sea Transport: Sea transport is also an option, but it’s not the fastest way. It can be used for boats that are too large or heavy to be transported by road or rail, or for boats that need to be transported over longer distances. This method involves loading the boat onto a cargo ship and sailing it to its destination. This method is generally also pretty slow, but can be more cost-effective than air longer distances. The other sea option is driving it, but this can put wear and tear on the hull as well as add to the engine hours while also needing a crew.
Combination of Methods: In some cases, a combination of methods may be used to transport a boat. For example, a boat may be transported by road to a port, then loaded onto a cargo ship for sea transport to its final destination. Or maybe you drive it by sea to a major port to then be lifted out of the water onto an express boat transport trailer rig to be driven by road the rest of the journey.
It’s important to note that the choice of express transport method will depend on the size and type of the boat, the distance of the transport, and the availability. We can provide a free quote to work out the costs and logistics for you.
How do you choose between the express transport options that are available in Australia?
When choosing between express boat transport options and other types of services, several factors should be considered, such as:
Time: Express boat transport is generally faster than other modes of transportation, making it a good option if you’re in a hurry. Although be warned when it feels like it is too good to be true and something can be moved quickly. Boat transport truck drivers have to have specified rest brakes, large vessels can only be moved at certain times & even some roads can’t be used during different periods of the year.
Fastest isn’t always the best.
Cost: Express boat transport can be more expensive than other options, so it’s important to consider your budget.
Distance: Express boat transport is typically only available for short distances, so it may not be a viable option if you’re traveling long distances.
Comfort: Express boat transport can be less comfortable than other forms of transportation, so it may not be the best option if you’re looking for a more luxurious experience.
Safety: Express boat transport can be less safe than other forms of transportation, so it may not be the best option if you’re concerned about safety.
Contractor or Employee: Who is actually going to transport your boat? Is it the company or person that took the booking or is it a contractor, someone you haven’t met before?
Ultimately, the choice between express boat transport options and other available services will depend on your specific needs and preferences. It is important to consider the weight of each of these factors and make the decision that best suits you, remember we are talking about a boat that might weigh 10 tonnes or more, not a 1kg gift being sent in a tiny box.