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Discover Budget-Friendly & Dependable Boat Shipping with Shiply


Shiply eliminates the stress from boat transportation by linking you with cost-effective, trustworthy services that cater to your requirements. Simply create a listing on our platform & relax as shipping providers send you estimates to transport your boat. Once you discover a quote you prefer, reach out to the transporter, verify the specifics, and await the collection of your boat.


Reasons You May Require Boat Shipping


Whether you need to ship a narrowboat, sailboat, small craft, or yacht, Shiply can support you. Perhaps you've recently acquired a new vessel and require delivery, or maybe you need to get your boat to an inland destination. It could be too sizable for you to transport independently. Regardless of the reason, Shiply can assist you in finding a dependable & professional company for transporting your boat at the appropriate price.


Opting for a specialized boat hauler will guarantee you're in capable hands. Boat haulage companies in the UK & globally are experienced in collaborating with boats, marinas, and ports, and should support you with all aspects of the shipping process.


When you list your boat transportation on Shiply, our network of shipping providers will offer you estimates. Simply complete a form with essential information about your boat and you'll receive complimentary quotes in pounds sterling or euros, depending on your location. After obtaining several estimates, you can compare companies based on their qualifications, customer reviews, & prices.


The Expense of Boat Shipping


The expense of boat shipping 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 shipping in the UK is around £1.50, but this can fluctuate depending on the boat's dimensions.


The size of the boat significantly impacts the cost. For instance, small boat shipping is relatively straightforward as they can often be hauled on the road, while larger sailboats or narrowboats necessitate special attention and will likely cost more to transport. Narrowboats may require specialist narrowboat movers due to their distinctive size.


Whether the boat needs to be shipped within the UK or internationally also affects the pricing. International boat shipping will cost significantly more and may necessitate different companies than those in the UK who specialize in road transport.


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, & locations. Once your listing is complete, you'll begin receiving complimentary quotes from various shipping providers. Some may reach out to you to better comprehend the required services so they can provide an accurate estimate.


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


For transportation within the same country, road shipping is likely the best option. If you're moving boat parts or a non-starting boat, transportation by road is your only choice.


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.


After receiving estimates, check the credentials and feedback of any skippers and crew hands by viewing the shipping providers' company profiles on Shiply. If you're moving a sailboat, look for RYA or MCA accredited crews.


Regardless of the type of transportation, it's crucial to check the level of experience & professional insurance cover they offer (do not accept personal insurance) to make the most informed decision for your situation.


Don't hesitate to ask the companies any questions about the shipping process, as they often have a high level of expertise.


Finding the right boat transport service can be overwhelming if you intend to compare all the prices & credentials. Larger companies might charge less, while smaller family-run transporters could offer a more personalized service.


Readying Your Boat for Shipping


If your vessel is being shipped by land, there are several preparatory tasks to ensure a smooth transportation process. Plan ahead to give yourself enough time to prepare for the transport and find a suitable shipping service. Boat deliveries can be carried out in various ways, but regardless, make sure your boat is prepared correctly to prevent damage, leakage, or dangerous loose ends during the journey.


Inspect the condition of your boat thoroughly, both interior & exterior, for any previous damage. This way, you can determine if it suffers any damage during transit. Consider taking photographs of the condition before its journey.


Remove any valuables from your boat before transportation, as these will not be insured.


Empty the bilge, water, refuse stores, & most of the fuel. Pump out wastewater and other liquids. Empty any freshwater tanks and rubbish, disconnect fuel tanks, & drain the majority of the gasoline to make the boat lighter and prevent potential leakages during transport.


Disconnect the battery & tidy cables to help avoid draining the battery and any electrical shortages. Despite being a waterborne vehicle, your boat might be exposed to different weather conditions when it travels on a trailer. Ensure that all exposed electronics are covered and battery cables are tucked away.


Secure all accessories & life jackets in lockers if they aren't travelling separately. Secure all doors and compartments in the galley and washrooms. Make sure the canopy is extra secure, as it might not be built to travel at the same speeds as a trailer.


For sailboats, remove all winches, rigging, etc. from the mast (also provide padding for points at which the mast will be tied down). Only remove pulpits, stanchions, & lifelines if they will make the boat too large to transport easily.


Check with your boatyard for any other precautions they might consider important for safe transport. If your boat is going to be sailed to its destination, arrange with the captain what preparations need to be made prior to the handover.


Once your boat is ready, all you need to do is wait for the transporter to arrive. After accepting a quote on Shiply, you will be able to communicate with the shipping provider.


If any changes occur that may differ from what your shipping provider is expecting, make sure to contact them and make them aware so they can plan accordingly.


Finalizing Your Boat's Shipping


When your vessel safely reaches its destination on the delivery date, your boat transporter should assist you with unloading or docking and may help you with other parts of maintenance & checks (depending on what you agreed). If there are any other services you need help with, specify these at the beginning of the process when listing your required service on Shiply.


It's important to check your craft post-transit to ensure it hasn't been damaged. Ask the transporter about any discrepancies so they can be sorted out quickly.


Once your boat is safely docked or secured, remove the tape & other securing materials, refill water tanks, reattach batteries & motors, or re-rig your sailboat so it's ready to be used again.


When you're satisfied that the shipping job has been completed, please leave a review for the service you used on Shiply on their company profile. Leaving feedback is extremely helpful to us as it assists other users when choosing a shipping provider for their own job, & it also helps transporters continuously improve their service.


Boat Shipping in Darlington, County Durham, UK


Darlington, situated in County Durham, UK, is a popular destination for boat owners. Many people often move boats to and from Darlington for various reasons, such as purchasing a new boat, relocating, or participating in boating events. The town's proximity to the River Tees and the North Sea makes it an ideal location for boating enthusiasts.


Shiply can help you find reliable boat shipping services in Darlington, ensuring that your vessel is moved safely & efficiently. Whether you need to ship your boat to or from Darlington, our network of experienced shipping providers can assist you with all your boat transportation needs.

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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.

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How Shiply Works

How Shiply Works

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    Request quotes from our 440,042 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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