A lot of people are not aware of everything that’s involved with the transport of larger boats throughout Australia – which is not surprising, considering that it is an exercise that they may undertake only once in their lifetime. So here is a brief outline of the processes involved.


Allboat Transport runs prime movers and custom designed and built boat carrying low loaders. We usually don’t require separate boat cradles to support the different types of vessels, as we carry our own uniquely constructed support system on each trailer. Our experienced drivers lash the boats to the low loaders, taking the utmost care to ensure that the boat is not only safely secured, but also that the straps don’t damage the boat in transit. Each truck is has its own set of over-dimensional equipment required for the vessels that need it.


Boat transport companies deal with a variety of clientele, including brokers, dealers, commercial operators and private individuals who may be buying, selling or relocating their boat. Written quotes and estimates can be provided by email, or customers can phone us if they wish discuss anything with us. For us to be able to correctly quote, it is required that accurate dimensions (as far as possible) are provided throughout the quoting process. Our customers come from all over Australia, whether it’s Darwin, Perth or Sydney, it doesn’t matter.

Operating Area

We operate Australia-wide – interstate, intrastate and locally. Some of the most common pick-up and delivery areas in the boat transport industry include:

  • Gold Coast
  • Brisbane
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Adelaide
  • Hervey Bay
  • Yeppoon
  • Mackay
  • Townsville
  • Cairns
  • Port Macquarie
  • Port Stephens
  • Lake Macquarie

We generally travel between marinas which have loading/unloading facilities i.e. ‘Travelift’ type lifting cranes.

The Programming Process

Once a job is confirmed, the programming process begins. This usually involves pairing boats at either end of a run, so that we get the benefit of a two-way loaded run and the customers get the benefit of a cheaper price. We have three basic rates that apply to our quotes and estimates for boat transport – Next Available Truck, Standby and Backload.

  1. Next Available Truck – We will send the next truck available. This can sometimes mean the price may be higher because we may not have a complementary load to go with the run.
  1. Standby – Probably the most common rate given and it means that customers may need to wait a little while in order to fit in with a complementary load.
  1. Backload – Most people would automatically go for this rate as it is normally cheaper. However, they may need to wait an extended period of time in order to fit in with a full paying complementary load.

Regulatory Requirements

Once an order is confirmed and the programming has been done, we then set about organising the regulatory requirements. These requirements can include such things as various State over-dimensional/over-mass permits, electricity permits, communication company permits, pilot vehicles and police escorts. These sorts of requirements are something that customers are usually unaware of, and it is a consideration that the boat transport company must take into account back in the quoting process. We often advise that you check with any transport company that they are abiding by all regulatory requirements, so insurance won’t be affected.

So as you can see, boat transport of larger vessels is a substantial process with many variables and considerations. We hope this has been informative and of help to you.