Transporting your boat or yacht includes a number of things that need careful attention to detail. You need to figure out how and when you want your boat transported, the price- including insurance, getting your boat ready for transport, and more. You want your boat to arrive at its destination without any issues and in tip-top shape.
One of the things that are important for the safe transport of your yacht is to have a boat cradle that will fit and support your boat and prevent it from getting damaged during transport. A boat cradle is something that you can build on your own if you are handy, or let your yacht transport company provide it for you.
Making a boat cradle on your own
Boat cradles can be of many different shapes and sizes and can be made using different materials. Since the shape and weights of boats are different, a good boat cradle should be customized for each boat and have a perfect fit. If not, it can damage the boat. Wood, steel, and aluminum are all good materials to make boat cradles from. A simple wood boat cradle does not require too much more than some 2X4s, screws, and wheels, and can be relatively inexpensive. Welding is required for boat cradles made out of metal. You also get to save money, especially on shipping, if the boat cradle is a DIY project for you.
The only issue that you need to be aware of is that if you do not make the cradle to fit properly, or do not use proper materials that will support the boat, then you could end up with a damaged boat. So prior to starting work, it may be useful to think through all the steps and to build a sturdy cradle that will be strong enough to hold your boat for transport. It is advisable to undertake boat cradle building only if you are confident and possibly have some experience in building stuff.
Getting a boat cradle from your boat transport company
Boat transport companies can assist you in getting a boat cradle. For transport purposes, your boat will sit in a cradle for days. So having a well-built and secure cradle is what companies strive to provide you. These are built specifically for your boat according to its dimensions. Some companies build steel and wood cradles, while others use aluminum. Companies can ship your cradle to you. Now, this may be a more expensive option, but you can have peace of mind knowing that a professionally built cradle will protect your boat as it is likely tested for maximizing safety. Reputable companies use quality materials, professional welding techniques, and double and triple check their products for maximum durability. The cradles are also inspected for a snug fit, tightened bolts, and adjustable pads in the right place. A perfect-fit design supports your boat precisely. Correct angles and pressure points are crucial for support, and to distribute weight to protect your boat.
There are many companies that provide a range of services including not only cradle building, but also winterizing, detailing, bottom painting, shrink wrapping, and more. No matter which company you go with, ensuring that they are reputable, have experienced staff, and have great reviews from satisfied customers, will make for a flawless yacht transport experience. At United Yacht Transport, we are the leaders in the yacht transportation business, and with our experienced and professional team, strive to provide you with the most stress- free boat shipping experience.
We use our own lifting gear and cradling equipment that is expertly handled by experienced professionals on our team, so we can guarantee a safe transport. If you have any questions about transporting your boat, cradles, or other equipment or processes we use, just call us at 954.383.4448 to get answers to all your questions and a free quote for our services if you need one. With reliable year-round sailings, excellent service, and guaranteed lowest prices, you cannot go wrong with United Yacht Transport. Any boat, no matter how big or small, is given the same detailed attention by us for a smooth transport.