1. Given your boat’s engines, rpm and speed, John Wampler estimates total cost — crew, dockage and fuel — at both cruising and displacement speeds; the latter saves big bucks on some boats.
2. Lower your fuel costs by coordinating with truckers to move your boat after they have dropped off another. That way you pay only one-way fuel costs.
3. Save up to 15 percent by booking transport ships three or more months in advance. This also increases risk of schedule changes.
4. Small boats might negotiate last-minute deals to fill gaps on deck.
5. Talk with delivery crews beforehand to see who pays for weather or mechanical delays. Wampler typically allows one unpaid lay day in a weeklong delivery.