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Discover Budget-Friendly & Dependable Boat Transport with Shiply

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

The Benefits of Boat Transportation

Whether you require transportation for a narrowboat, sailboat, small craft, or yacht, Shiply can help. Perhaps you've recently acquired a new vessel & need it delivered, or maybe you must get your boat to a land-based location. It might be too sizable for you to transport on your own. Regardless of the circumstance, Shiply can assist you in finding a dependable & professional service for shipping your boat at a fair price.

Opting for a specialized boat hauler guarantees your vessel is in capable hands. Boat haulage firms in the UK & globally comprehend the intricacies of working with boats, marinas, and ports, and should guide you through the entire transportation process.

Obtain Complimentary Estimates for Boat Transport

Posting your boat transportation on Shiply enables our network of transport providers to offer you price quotes. Simply complete a form with essential details about your boat & you'll receive free estimates in pounds sterling or euros, depending on your location. Evaluate companies by their qualifications, customer reviews, & prices to make a well-informed choice.

Boat Transport Expenses

The price of boat transport varies based on numerous factors. On average, anticipate paying between £100 to £260 for shorter distances & £450 to £750 for longer trips. The average cost per mile for standard boat transport in the UK is around £1.50, but this can fluctuate depending on boat size.

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

Boat Transport Methods

There are two primary approaches to boat transportation, & the method you select will depend on where your boat needs to go. If your boat requires a specific transportation method, please indicate this in your Shiply listing.

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

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

Selecting a Boat Transport Provider

Once you receive estimates, verify the credentials & feedback of any skippers and crew members by viewing the transport providers' company profiles on Shiply. For sailboat transport, look for RYA or MCA accredited crews.

Regardless of the transportation type, confirm the level of experience & professional insurance cover offered by the provider (do not accept personal insurance) to make an informed decision for your specific situation. Don't hesitate to ask the companies any questions about the transportation process, as they often have extensive expertise.

Finding the right boat transport service can be overwhelming when comparing prices & credentials. Larger companies might charge less, while smaller, family-run transporters could offer a more personalized service.

Readying Your Boat for Transport

If your vessel is being transported by land, there are several preparatory tasks to ensure smooth transportation. Plan ahead to allow ample time for preparation & finding a suitable transport service. Proper boat preparation prevents 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 potential leakages during transport.

Disconnect battery & tidy cables – This precaution helps avoid draining the battery & shortages in electronics. Cover all exposed electronics & tuck away battery cables, as your boat might be exposed to different weather conditions when traveling on a trailer.

Secure items – If not traveling separately, stow all accessories & life jackets in lockers. Secure doors & compartments in the galley & washrooms. Ensure 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 & 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.

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, contact them to ensure they can plan accordingly.

Finalizing Your Boat's Transportation

When your vessel safely reaches its destination 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 required service on Shiply.

Check your craft post-transit to ensure it hasn't been damaged & ask the transporter about any discrepancies so they can be resolved quickly.

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

When satisfied with the transportation job, please leave a review for the service you used on their Shiply company profile. Feedback is extremely helpful to us, as it assists other users in choosing a transport provider for their own job & helps transporters continuously improve their service.

Boat Transport in Derry/Londonderry, County Londonderry, UK

Derry/Londonderry, situated in County Londonderry, UK, is a popular destination for boat owners. Many people often move boats to & from Derry/Londonderry for various reasons, such as recreational activities, boat shows, or relocation. The city's proximity to the River Foyle & the North Atlantic Ocean makes it an ideal location for boating enthusiasts.

When searching for boat transport services in Derry/Londonderry, consider using keywords like "boat transport derry/londonderry" or "derry/londonderry boat transport" to find local providers who are familiar with the area & can offer tailored solutions for 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.

How Shiply works

How Shiply Works

How Shiply Works

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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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