With the right knowledge and preparation, shipping a boat is simple. We suggest you begin the planning process for shipping your boat at least a month before your ship date. This will give you enough time to research your options on boat trailers, choosing a boat carrier, shopping for quotes, and how to best prepare your boat for pickup. You should hire your boat carrier and confirm pickup and drop off dates at least two weeks in advance. For international boat shipping you need to give more time for carriers to research quotes and for proper prepping of your boat for extended transport.