Shipping small boat to aus

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Hi, moving my family to the gold coast in the new year and thinking of taking my smartwave 4200 over with me instead of selling as boat prices are weak atm, anyone shipped to aus before or know of any good companies??

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Have you investigated the price and range of boats available in Australia? 
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Hi, I'd look at prices in Aussie (maybe you have).If they are similar, I'd put that one on the market and if it sells, then just buy one there. Saves the hassle and worry of shipping. They don't always make it unharmed. If it doesn't sell, then take it.

It'd only be worth it if there's a big difference. It's one less thing to think about when you move.

We just priced shipping a van (very work specific set up) and it was about $2000. I don't know who we priced with or how good they  are.
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Prices are high over there, if under 5k I will ship, I have also built it up myself and got great deals on the individual components, I know the boat and love it.
Makes sense to keep it if practicable
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Hi- I shipped a much larger 6m (8.5 on trailer) boat from oz to akld last year. That cost approx 5k incl insurance and delivery to port of Melbourne (approx 40km I think). Going the other way I would guess should be similar as the vessels are essentially round tripping- it could be less ( the vessels are car import vessels off loading cargo here)- but am not sure. As it’s personal possession that won’t be sold in Aus there should be no tariffs. There’s a big second hand market in Aussie but like everywhere certain boats are more desirable there than they might be here- I have seen much better value in used glass boats there and worse value for NZ built alloy boats there. Do your research and good luck- my gut feel is 5k should more than cover a boat like your smart wave cheers
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Originally posted by Bertiesdad Bertiesdad wrote:

Hi- I shipped a much larger 6m (8.5 on trailer) boat from oz to akld last year. That cost approx 5k incl insurance and delivery to port of Melbourne (approx 40km I think). Going the other way I would guess should be similar as the vessels are essentially round tripping- it could be less ( the vessels are car import vessels off loading cargo here)- but am not sure. As it’s personal possession that won’t be sold in Aus there should be no tariffs. There’s a big second hand market in Aussie but like everywhere certain boats are more desirable there than they might be here- I have seen much better value in used glass boats there and worse value for NZ built alloy boats there. Do your research and good luck- my gut feel is 5k should more than cover a boat like your smart wave cheers


Awesome advice thanks! Exactly what I was after, who did you use to ship with? And any thing you would do differently??
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It was all pretty easy. The two key issues are making the overall volume ( heightxlengthxwidth) of the boat incl trailer as small as possible- so remove rocket launchers, t tops, biminis etc if fitted, if the outboard comes off I would be minded to bubble wrap in boat etc etc. Tanks must be empty- no oil or fuel at all. I found the port agents really helpful both sides of the ditch. You can get charged storage per day if there’s a delay in collecting once you have cleared customs- so avoid that at all costs- it racks up fast. Will get paperwork out and post shipping co/ agent when back home cheers
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Goo advise above about stripping the boat down. Shipping cost is the most expensive of weight vs volume. Volume is calculated on 3 measurements, so think what size box would this fit in.

You will be volume, so anything you can do to reduce that, will directly save the cost. You could even move the winch post forward (if it can) and pull the boat further up the trailer. Just mark where it was so you can put it back there. Moving the winch post forward and pulling the boat up will be the most cost saving thing you could do. The drawbar in front of the boat adds significant volume.
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Hi - two companies were involved in boat from Aus to NZ- EDI international freight management in Australia - who handled that end - and Mccullogh in Auckland- both were really easy to deal with and straightforward re docs etc . I would recc either if they can help. I am sure one company pretty much arranged and coordinated the other .

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Given the simplicity of the Smartwave, it might be worth lying the console flat to reduce the volume for the travel.
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Originally posted by Bertiesdad Bertiesdad wrote:

Hi - two companies were involved in boat from Aus to NZ- EDI international freight management in Australia - who handled that end - and Mccullogh in Auckland- both were really easy to deal with and straightforward re docs etc . I would recc either if they can help. I am sure one company pretty much arranged and coordinated the other .

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Thinking a bit laterally and it may not be an option, but have you considered putting it in a shipping container with all your personal items you are taking with you?
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Originally posted by Marligator Marligator wrote:

Thinking a bit laterally and it may not be an option, but have you considered putting it in a shipping container with all your personal items you are taking with you?
Prices have jumped up since we did it on 2002,now 11k to 13 k 20ft container. Still cheap if you look at buying new contents/vessel
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Originally posted by Marligator Marligator wrote:

Thinking a bit laterally and it may not be an option, but have you considered putting it in a shipping container with all your personal items you are taking with you?
That is how i shipped my Fyan 530 to vtu - in a 40  ftr. Full of other stuff and you chuck heaps in the boat as well.
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What an adventure. Very jealous!
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Spin King, Did you put the larger fuel tank into you'reboat ? Nice setup. 
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Originally posted by pompey pompey wrote:

Spin King, Did you put the larger fuel tank into you'reboat ? Nice setup. 
   Hey mate nah never ended up needing to.
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So i got three quotes all within the 5k range, give or take 500 bucks, not including insurance which is around $350.00. Also potential of quarantine and cleaning which is an unknown cost you also get charged for storage while in quarantine also an unknown cost...
Then there's legal stuff and costs to register on their roads obviously.

Sold my boat got what i wanted for it and will buy another one more suited to the new home grounds waters.

Cheers for all your advice!
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You will get some looks from the Aussies with that boat. Generally Aussies best tinnie boats are imported from NZ. They have heavy fibreglass like Noosa cats etc and light rough tinnies as a main. I lived opposite a boat ramp and would check them out daily walking dog. Haines around  but a lot of stabis/ospreys/extremes and their bar crushers. A good boat there is expensive.  Your rig is perfect fulla. Crab pots in the mud then troll the inlet for flatties mangrove jacks, to the mouth for choppers queenies trevally then over the bar trolling for spaniels tunas to the reef for pearl snapper, empowers plus a 100 other species then rinse and repeat.
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need to talk to some 501s. I believe they are shipping stolen boats over there all the time.
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