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Shiply: Hassle-Free Boat Transport in Bristol & Surrounding Areas

Cost-Effective & Trustworthy Boat Shipping Services

Shiply eliminates the stress of boat transport by linking you with affordable, reliable services that suit your requirements. Simply create a listing on our platform & relax as transport providers send you quotes to ship your boat. When you discover a quote you prefer, reach out to the driver, verify the details, and await the collection of your boat.

Reasons You May Require Boat Shipping

Whether you need transportation for a narrowboat, sailboat, small craft, or yacht, Shiply can help. Perhaps you've recently acquired a new boat & need it delivered, or maybe you need to get your boat to an inland destination. It could be too sizable for you to transport yourself. Regardless of the reason, Shiply can assist you in finding a professional & dependable company for shipping your boat at the right cost.

Opting for a specialist boat hauler will ensure your vessel is in secure hands. Boat haulage companies in the UK & globally have the knowledge to work with boats, marinas, and ports and should guide you through all aspects of the shipping process.

Obtain Free Quotes for Boat Shipping

When you list your boat transportation needs on Shiply, our network of transport providers will offer you quotes. Simply complete a form with basic information about your boat & you'll receive free quotes in pounds sterling or euros, depending on your location. You can then compare companies based on their qualifications, customer reviews, and prices.

Elements Influencing Boat Transport Prices

The price of boat transport varies based on several factors, but on average, you can anticipate paying between £100 to £260 for shorter distances and £450 to £750 for longer journeys. The average cost per mile for standard boat transport in the UK is around £1.50, but this can fluctuate depending on the boat's dimensions.

Small boat transport is relatively straightforward as they can often be hauled on the road, while larger sailboats or narrowboats require special consideration & may cost more to transport. Narrowboats may need specialist movers due to their unique size. International boat transport will also cost significantly more than domestic transport within the UK.

Utilizing Shiply to Find a Boat Transporter

To create a listing on Shiply, simply fill in a brief form with details about your boat, pick-up and drop-off dates, and locations. You'll start receiving free quotes from various transport providers, some of whom may contact you for more information to provide an accurate quote.

There are two primary methods of boat transportation, and the one you choose will depend on where your boat needs to go. If you require a specific transportation method, please specify this in your Shiply listing.

  • By road – If your vessel needs to be hauled within the same country, road transportation is likely the optimal option. For non-starting boats or boat parts, road transport is your only choice.

  • By sea or river – If your craft needs to be sailed port-to-port, you can hire a crew to do this. Crews should inspect your vessel, plot courses, & check shipping forecasts for you.

When you receive quotes, check the credentials & feedback of any skippers and crew hands by viewing their company profiles on Shiply. For sailboat transport, look for RYA or MCA accredited crews.

Regardless of the transportation type, verify the level of experience & professional insurance cover offered by the transport provider. Don't hesitate to ask them questions about the transportation process, as they often have extensive expertise.

Bristol: A Sought-After Destination for Boat Transport

Bristol, situated in the southwest of England, is a sought-after destination for boat transport. As a major port city with a rich maritime history, Bristol attracts many boat owners who need to move their vessels to and from the area. Whether for leisure or commercial purposes, boat transport in Bristol is in high demand.

The city's strategic location on the River Avon and close proximity to the Bristol Channel make it an ideal hub for boat transportation. Many people choose to move their boats to Bristol to enjoy the city's lively waterfront, which features a variety of marinas, boatyards, and sailing clubs. Others may need to transport their boats from Bristol to other parts of the UK or even internationally.

Readying Your Boat for Transport

If your vessel is being transported by land, there are several preparatory tasks to ensure a smooth transportation process. Plan ahead to allow enough time for preparation & finding a suitable transport service. Proper preparation can prevent damage, leakage, or dangerous loose ends during the journey.

  • Check the condition – Thoroughly inspect the interior & exterior of your vessel for any pre-existing damage. Take photographs of the condition before transport.

  • Remove valuables – Take anything valuable off your boat before transport, as these items will not be insured.

  • Empty bilge, water, refuse stores, & most fuel – Pump out wastewater & other liquids. Empty freshwater tanks & rubbish, disconnect fuel tanks, & remove most of the gasoline to make the boat lighter & prevent leakage during transport.

  • Disconnect battery & tidy cables – This precaution helps avoid draining the battery & shortages in electronics. Cover exposed electronics & tuck away battery cables.

  • Secure everything – If not travelling separately, stow accessories & life jackets in lockers. Secure doors & compartments in the galley and washrooms. Ensure the canopy is extra secure, as it might not be built to withstand the speeds of a trailer.

  • For sailboats – Remove all winches, rigging, etc. from the mast & provide padding for tie-down points. Only remove pulpits, stanchions, & lifelines if they make the boat too large to transport easily.

Consult with your boatyard for any additional precautions they recommend for safe transport. If your boat is being sailed to its destination, arrange with the captain what preparations need to be made before the handover.

Once your boat is ready, wait for the transporter to arrive. If any changes occur that may differ from what your transport provider expects, inform them so they can plan accordingly.

Finalizing Your Boat's Transportation

When your vessel reaches its destination safely on the delivery date, your boat transporter should assist with unloading or docking & may help with other maintenance & checks, depending on your agreement. Specify any additional services you need when listing your requirements on Shiply.

After transit, check your craft for any damage & discuss any discrepancies with the transporter for quick resolution. Once your boat is securely docked, remove tape & other securing materials, refill water tanks, reattach batteries & motors, or re-rig your sailboat to prepare it for use.

When you're satisfied with the transportation service, please leave a review for the service provider on their Shiply company profile. Your feedback helps other users choose a transport provider for their own jobs & enables transporters to continually improve their services.

With Shiply, finding reliable & affordable boat transport in Bristol & beyond is a breeze. List your boat transportation needs today & experience stress-free shipping for your vessel.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Shiply Cover My Area?

Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.

Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?

There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.

Can I Call Shiply?

Shiply Support is available from 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday on 020 3137 2454. You can also send an email to .

Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?

Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.

When Will I Receive A Quote?

You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.

How Many Quotes Will I Receive?

Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.

Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?

If your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.

Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?

Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.

Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?

Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.

Can I Travel With My Goods?

The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.

What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?

If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.

Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?

If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .

Do I Need To Take My Boat Anywhere?

Typically, boat transporters on Shiply will be able to pick your boat up from wherever it is located and will use special boat trailers to do so. If your journey is strictly overseas then it may be cheaper to drive to the port yourself, but boat transporters will always be able to collect your boat, wherever it is.

Can I Keep Items In My Boat During Transportation?

This will likely be up to your boat transporter's discretion, so make sure to ask! One thing to note is that the items will likely not be covered by the insurance that covers the boat, so don't leave anything in there you cannot easily replace.

How Shiply works

How Shiply Works

How Shiply Works

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    Request quotes from our 434,572 rated transport providers.

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    Compare prices and read previous customer feedback to pick the right delivery quote for you.

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    Sit back and relax while your item is safely delivered by your chosen transport provider.

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