Transporting a boat without a trailer is easy, we will meet you at a boat ramp and take it out of the water for you.


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Transport a boat without a trailer from a boat ramp

Float on Float Off Boat Transport A Chaparral 327 SSX Bow Rider boat getting transported from a boat ramp in Sydney to Rods Boats and Marine Repairs by Slip Away boat transport company

Leaving your boat in the water and not having to worry about using a trailer is pretty common for most marine vessel owners. It means the only way to get the boat out of the water is via a boat ramp or to spend the money on having it lifted out of the water at a marina. Some owners will hire a boat trailer to try and do this themselves, but there is the cost, time, hassle and risk involved that doesn’t make it worth it, especially if you are trying to move a large boat. 

Why get your boat out of the water at a boat ramp?

Slip Away Boat Transport reloating an old wooden boat from Alkira Boat Shed in Toronto NSW and delivering it to Rowland Reserve Boat Ramp for a family to put in the water

Slip Away Boat Transport can help you get your boat out of the water at a local boat ramp. Our specialist equipment has been designed to pull most boat types from the water quite easily whether it is a cruiser or a fishing boat.Getting your boat out of the water at a local boat ramp is cheaper than paying for a marina to do it because they will most likely charge you marina lifting fees & storage charges plus additional fees if you are moving it somewhere by road.

Where can a boat be moved to by road?

A Parker 8 getting boat haulage from NSW to Phillip Island in Victoria by Slip Away Boat Transport Company in Sydney on the highway

If we get your boat from the water we can then take it to any location you need so that you can get servicing done, restoration work, hull anti fouling or even upgrades. We can transport the boat by road around Sydney or take it interstate if you need to. What some boat owners will do is have their boat pulled out of the water at Drummoyne in Sydney and then take it to Yowie Bay or Newport for some new scenery – this saves boat hours on the engine and the need to sail the open ocean.

Some owners will decide to move their boat from one state to the other to chase different seasons or to go on holidays. So we can get your boat out of the water at Five Dock boat ramp then take it up to Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast for a holiday for you. It is that easy because we also provide interstate boat transport services.

Is your boat insured if we pick it up from a boat ramp?

A commercial jet boat getting marine transport from a boat ramp in Sydney by Slip Away

Slip Away Boat Transport provides insurance coverage for your boat while it is in our care. We take special care to make sure it is loaded onto our trailer with protection for the hull, engines and other fittings before we move it anywhere. You can also read our guide on how to prepare your boat for transport to make sure you know exactly what is required. At the end of the day we look after everything for you, the only thing you need to do is turn up at the boat ramp on time so we can meet you with our transport vehicle.

Is cheap boat trailer hire worth it?

A brand new boat Nauticstar 25 VMAX 24 with twin 400 outboard motor transported from Yowie Bay in NSW from a boat ramp taken by Slip Away

Well we know from experience that some people will chose this option and run the risk of not properly managing the trailer, damage to your boat and even their own safety. There is also the time involved that many people don’t consider, plus having the right vehicle to tow your boat too. That’s why we suggest getting a boat transport quote online by simply filling in our quote form and we can help you work out what is more effective and whether a slip cradle hire might be more cost effective for you.

We can meet you at a local boat ramp, pull your boat out & you don’t need to worry about paying for trailer hire or how to drive safely on the road while towing your boat

Other questions about boat transportation


This is obviously one of the most asked questions about boat transport. Costs range from $900 to $8000 and will vary depending on where the boat is being picked up from, the distance it has to travel and the type of boat it is. The cost isn’t just for the time it is in transit, there is also the loading and unloading time, administration time, logistics management time etc that is required and forms part of the cost. 


Yes with our specialist trailer we can transport your trailer boat to nearly any location you like. Trailer boat transport costs range from $900 to $8000 and will vary depending on where the boat is being picked up from, the distance it has to travel and the type of boat it is. The cost isn’t just for the time it is in transit, there is also the loading and unloading time, administration time, logistics management time etc that is required and forms part of the cost. 


We can provide you boat transport in NSW or from Sydney to say Brisbane or Melbourne with or without a trailer. So for example we can pick your boat up from a Marina or a Boat Ramp then take it to where you need it to be moved to. We have specialist boat trailer equipment to make it easy to haul your boat by road quickly and easily.


We can pick your boat up from the water at a boat ramp using our specialist boat trailer equipment. So if you want to transport your boat but don’t have a trailer that is fine, we can meet you at the water to pick you up.


Well boat shipping is the same as boat transport. We can move a small, big or large boat as well as yachts either in Sydney or interstate. We specialise in east coast boat transport.

can you do sailboat transport?

This is one of those random questions about boat transport we get asked from time to time. Yes we can do transport and shipping for all types of boats including sailboats, yachts and houseboats. 

Is my boat insured while it is being transported?

Yes we have full Marine Transit Cover Insurance which insures your boat while it is being transported to give you peace of mind. This is not an additional charge or hidden expense, we included it in our pricing.


Yes we can pick up and transport a boat from interstate with our specialist trailers. It makes buying a boat really simple and easy as we do all the work for you.

how long does it take to transport my boat?

This will depend on the type of boat and the distance it needs to travel. Transporting a boat can take a day or a week it just depends on the circumstances but we can advise you at the time of getting a quote or making a booking.

is it worth buying a boat trailer?

We think buying a boat trailer is a waste of time and money. They can cost over ten thousand dollars and sit around most of the time not doing anything. You can hire a mobile slip cradle for as little as $66 per week.

is the transport price cheaper if i help?

No unfortunately, if you get involved it can actually make the process slower and add risk. Our team of professionals are fully qualified and have been handling boat transport situations for many years. You could provide a cup of coffee or a beer afterwards though. 🙂

Who makes your boat transport trailers?

We manufacture, design and service all our boat trailers in house using our expert knowledge and experience moving boats from all kinds of locations.

Does the boat have to run to use a slip cradle?

As long as you can get it to a jetty or boat ramp we can pick it up. So if your boat isn’t running, then getting it towed is the easiest solution as our trucks or mobile slip cradle can’t float unfortunately (although we have contemplated getting them converted)

How long can I hire a mobile slip cradle for?

You can hire a mobile slip cradle for as long as you like as long as your account is paid in full. You can also extend your existing agreement, just contact us.

how much notice do you need to transport my boat?

The earlier we know, the more flexible we can be with dates and times to transport your boat. If our week fills up then the transport dates available will be reduced as we have to manage trucks going up and down the coast.

can i antifoul my boat on your mobile slip cradle

Yes you can antifoul your boat while it is on our cradle, that’s how we designed it. You also have better access to your hull vs it being on a trailer.

what is a mobile slip cradle for a boat?

It’s a mobile platform that can hold your boat in place and give you nearly complete access to the hull for things like antifouling, engine servicing and more. It’s a simple and effective solution that is cheaper than either buying or hiring a boat trailer.

Who is sydney boat transport?

This is our company just operating on a different website which has been in operation for a number of years. Although you have come to the right website and the one we love more. 


Yes, Slip Away can do interstate boat transport from Sydney to Brisbane or Melbourne to all the popular marinas on the east coast of Australia. Our interstate transportation service is available 7 days a week and is fully insured.



Yes we can transport boats by road from a marina, house, storage facility or garage, it doesn’t matter. We have the equipment to make moving boats around Australia very easy.