Starting a Boat Transport Company

If you want to start your own transport company, you will have to begin with a business plan. This will serve as your guide during startup.

Apply for the license and get the needed equipment, tools, and other things you need. This is your chance to earn great profits and be sure to hire the right employees.

When starting a boat transport company, you can begin with pleasure crafts because they are much smaller in size as compared to other boats. You will be dealing with boats 35x10 feet. Do you have enough capital to start this type of business? Conduct a thorough market study to determine if there is a need for this business in your area. If you live near docks, you’re at an advantage. If you want to succeed in this kind of business, you have to start with a plan. This will guide you through the startup.

It would be best to create a business website as well so that you can reach customers who are always using the internet. Determine the business structure of the business – sole proprietor, partnership, etc. After that, you will now have to register the business. Obtaining a license can take time, so you need to apply in advance. Submit the requirements and pay the licensing fee. For a boat transport company, you may need to pay a considerable amount but the cost is worth it because you will run a legit business. Apply for the utilities – electricity, water, and phone.

Design the office appropriately. You have to look professional. Purchase the office supplies, furniture, fixture, and other things you need. You will also need to purchase hauling trailers suitable for boats. You can start with 1-3 trailers and you have the option to purchase used or new trailers. Again, you have to focus on the smaller crafts when you’re just starting out. When you’ve already gained experience, you can now cater to larger boats. Make sure that you get quality and durable trailers that can last for many years. Now, the hardest part would be ‘fishing’ clients. You will have to determine the ideal promotional methods that will suit your needs and budget.

Starting a boat shipping business requires hard work and determination. You have to know the latest trends in the market to offer the best services to your customers. Distribute business cards to boat owners because you can turn them into customers. With the right advertising methods (e.g. flyers, posters, emails, etc) you will surely be able to generate a lot of profits. Hire the staffs you need and make sure to get only the best ones. You will also need to apply for liability insurance since you will be offering service and the boats are really costly. What are you waiting for? Start your own company today and start earning profits.


  • jonathan sumrow said on October 16, 2012
    i am looking to start a business out of macon Ga, USA.
  • OKOLIE PATRICK said on July 12, 2013
    Sir, I will appreciate your unquantified efforts , in helping me with tips in boat business in Nigeria
  • Brett Bell said on October 7, 2014
    I am looking to start a boat transportation business in Lake Havasu Arizona. Are there any specific recommendations I am extremely excited to start this business but have no idea where to begin I live in California currently and would love to move to Lake Havasu I would also like to run this business from my future house is this a pro or a con? -Brett
  • Tremaine Worsley said on January 9, 2016
    Hey I am interested in starting a boat transportation company in eastern nc I would like some info about getting started with it.
  • Satyajeet Khalate said on February 13, 2016
    Hey myself also much interested to start boat business. But I need an idea how to start business
  • Manoj ojha said on April 30, 2016
    Hey I am manoj,i am interested a bota transport company in india. But I need an idea how start business.
  • maxwell foley said on October 5, 2016
    I'm 21 years old and a marine mechanic student. I'm willing to start my own marine transport business in wet areas of my country .Its the only business I've got in mind ever since I started school but I'm really confused since I don't know where to start from.
  • Bob Earles said on May 31, 2017
    Looking to start up a boat and RV's for my transportation service. Within the next two years. I will be retired by then small business preferably just myself I do have a friend that hauls horses. Equipment was thinking about buying a one ton dually diesel to start. I do have a lot of driving experience been driving semis for 36 years so far was trying to get out of that and just use a pickup truck less money to start. I live in Washington state lot of water all around me I do boat year round offshore and Inland Waters. And I do know a lot of people with boats and around marinas all the time. Any information where to start would be helpful I can do a little research on the internet that's always good to find some one who has done this before thanks. FISH ON. BOB EARLES
  • Carolinagirl#50 said on July 27, 2019
    what kind of license do I need to get to start up my business? I have been hauling small boats and jet skis and some ATVs without the license. I have worked for several businesses but they didn't know I didnt have the license. when asked for them i told them i'll send them, but just never got around to it. but help me go "Legit"......please I need your help....


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