Interstate boat moving for boats without trailers

Large boat transport by road from Victoria to Queensland

Summary

Get a new or used boat moved even if you don't own a trailer

This Merry Fisher 795 23 foot boat was for sale in Melbourne but the new owner lived in another state located in Caloundra, Queensland. The previous owner had it moored in Patterson Lakes in the southern state of Victoria and didn’t own a trailer as they kept it in the water. No problems though, our company moves boats by road all the time even if they don’t have trailers. We have a towing vehicle and a custom built trailer that lets you just float the boat on at a nearby boat ramp & from there we move it by road to the new destination.

Our boat transport company does this for people for all types of situations whether you buy from a private seller on Facebook Marketplace, a nearby marina or even a local dealer – we just go to the location and pick it up then haul it to your required destination. 

I don’t mind the Merry Fisher, it looks pretty good & can be configured in different ways to suit recreational cruising or fishing. Some people call it the ‘SUV of the water’ because it is so versatile. In the fishing boat configuration it has a wide, 3-panel sliding glass door aft, wide side doors and secure recessed side decks for safe and easy passage between the helm station and the cockpit. If you get it just for a runabout then it has shared spaces with a bench seat located just behind the wheelhouse that is sheltered from the wind and the cockpit saloon can transform into a sundeck.

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Interstate boat transport from Victoria to Queensland

We drove down to Patterson Lakes in Melbourne, Victoria to pick up the Merry Fisher from a local ramp that was close to the owner’s house. 

This area is a great spot for boat owners because you have the choice of going along the Patterson River and around Patterson Lakes or the more popular choice is heading out onto Port Philip Bay. 

We can pick up boats in this area and deliver them to other locations around Melbourne or bring them interstate to New South Wales or Queensland. 

For this interstate boat move the owner could have driven it by sea, SeaRoutes estimated it would have been around 1,029 nautical miles and might have taken 3-4 days to get from Victoria to Queensland – then you have to factor engine hours, fuel, insurance & maybe hiring a skipper or crew.

Hauling the boat by road is also a long distance obviously between 1,799 km and 1,915 km’s depending on which route is taken, but it would only be 1 to 2 days of travelling time.

 

Boat moving to Caloundra in Queensland

As we mentioned, the new owner of this Merry Fisher lived up in Caloundra in northern Queensland and needed it moved to Caloundra Power Boat Club. This is such a great location to use your boat because you have so many waterway options.

You can drive it along the sheltered Bell Creek and follow the Bribie Island coastline that is sheltered from the open ocean & eventually get down into Moreton Bay. Alternatively you can head out to the open ocean via the Coral Sea to reach places like Woorim Beach or even Moreton Island which is a bit further out.

That is why we get asked to deliver so many boats by road from Melbourne to interstate locations like Sydney or Newcastle up to Caloundra in Queensland. It has so many waterways to that can be used. 

How much does it cost to move a large 23 foot boat without a trailer?

It costs $100 inc gst to move your fishing boat, unbelievable right? 

Absolutely – in fact there is no ‘set price’ to work out the costs to delivering a boat. We have to consider the size, weight, distance & timing needed before we can calculate a price. So it will vary from a few hundred dollars to thousands. Just send us an email to get a quote for our boat transport costs. You will be surprised how cost effective it can be. Having a big boat on a trailer isn’t for the faint hearted & that is just considering the time it spends on the road, what about getting it into the water?