Buying interstate boat

 Hi Guys,

Just chasing any info from those who have gone through the process.

I am currently looking at a boat that is located in Melbourne. I will be wanting to get a pre purchase inspection completed, does anyone have any recomendations for who/what company is good to use (it is an older 6.0m fiberglass tub too).

I am also looking at my options for transport, just weighing up the cost of driving and picking up myself or trucking transport. Just wondering if anyone has any information that I should know with getting it over here to WA. What transport company was used, ease of pick up/drop off, any other details I should be thinking of.

Let us kow what experiences you guys have had.



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Hey Nathan, purchased my boat

Tue, 2024-02-20 11:33

Hey Nathan, 

purchased my boat from melbourne a few years back, didnt have a pre-inspection done but found sea freight worked out well for delivery to WA. A couple of road transport options came in marginally cheaper but you take on a fair bit more risk of damage and stuff being stolen going by road. I considering also that cheapest quotes were not from reputable transport companys.



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I did the same last year

Tue, 2024-02-20 11:53

I purchased a 26' Proline from Victoria mid last year and totaly agree with telferfish about using sea freight rather than road. I used Sunco Logistics who included pick up of the boat from the dealership, delivery to port, RORO sea transport, pick up from Fremantle warf and delivery to the boat club.    

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 I was fortunate having

Tue, 2024-02-20 15:42

 I was fortunate having rellies in Melbourne. I paid my uncle (ex truckie) all fuel, accomodations and meals for him and my aunty to deliver the boat to WA. They spent three weeks here on holidays and then i paid him the same for the return journey. I cant really remember what it cost other than being comparable or cheaper than a frieght company. Plus I was safe in the knowledge that he was going to look after it on the journey.

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 I bought my aluminium 6.6m

Tue, 2024-02-20 17:09

 I bought my aluminium 6.6m from The goldcoast. Used the transport cost as a bit of a negotiating point to lower the cost to get the sale. I got a pre purchase done well worth it. I then removed all valuables including the stainless prop and posted it home. Had the boat partially wrapped.  Found a truck company that would do it as a return trip. Negotiated a very reasonable price. I picked the boat up from a yard in kewdale. All good . I work in and around ship transport wouldn't say there's less chances of stuff going missing,  between the crew, labour hire , and so on. It was a good deal for me all up got a good boat for less than I would have to pay for it IN WA.

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 Awesome thanks for the reply

Wed, 2024-02-21 17:16

 Awesome thanks for the reply guys, much apprecieted.

Just wondering if anyone has used/can recommend someone or a company for an inspection on it.

Cheers again,