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Shiply Simplifies Boat Transportation

Shiply eliminates the inconvenience of boat transport by assisting you in locating a dependable and cost-effective service. Simply post your boat on our website and wait for transport companies to provide you with estimates. Once you discover a quote that appeals to you, reach out to the transporter, verify the specifics, and await the collection of your boat.

Reasons for Requiring Boat Transport

Whether you need to transport a narrowboat, sailboat, small craft, or yacht, Shiply can help. Perhaps you've recently acquired a new boat and require delivery? Or maybe you need to transport your boat to an inland destination? Regardless of the circumstance, Shiply can assist you in finding a professional company to ship your boat at a fair price. Opting for a specialized boat hauler ensures that you're in capable hands. Boat haulage companies in the UK and internationally are well-versed in working with boats, marinas, and ports, and should guide you through all aspects of the transportation process.

Factors Influencing Boat Transport Costs

The cost of boat transport varies based on several factors, but on average, you can anticipate paying between £100 to £260 for shorter distances and between £450 and £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 the boat's size. Small boat transport is more straightforward as they can often be hauled by road, while larger sailboats or narrowboats require special attention and may incur higher moving costs. Narrowboats may necessitate specialist narrowboat movers due to their unique dimensions. International boat transport will be significantly more expensive than domestic transport and may require different companies that specialize in overseas shipping.

Utilizing Shiply to Locate a Boat Transporter

To create a listing on Shiply, simply complete a brief form with information about your boat, pick-up and drop-off dates, and locations. Once your listing is live, you'll begin receiving complimentary quotes from various transport providers. Some may contact you for additional information to better comprehend the required services and provide an accurate quote. If you need your boat transported in a specific manner, please mention this in your Shiply listing.

There are two primary methods of boat transportation, and the method you choose will depend on your boat's destination:

1. By road – If your vessel needs to be hauled within the same country, road transportation is likely the most suitable option. If you're moving boat parts or a non-operational boat, transportation by road is your only choice.

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

When you receive quotes, review the credentials and feedback of any skippers and crew members by visiting the transport providers' profiles on Shiply. If you're moving a sailboat, look for crews accredited by the RYA or MCA. With any type of transportation, it's essential to check the level of experience and professional insurance coverage they offer (do not accept personal insurance) to make an informed decision.

Don't hesitate to ask the companies any questions about the transportation process, as they often possess a high level of expertise. Finding the right boat transport service can be overwhelming if you intend to compare all the prices and 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 a smooth transportation process. Plan ahead to give yourself ample time to prepare and find a suitable transport service. Boat deliveries can be carried out in various ways, but regardless, ensure your boat is prepared correctly to prevent damage, leakage, or dangerous loose ends during the journey.

1. Assess the condition – Thoroughly inspect the interior and exterior of your vessel for any pre-existing damage. This way, you can determine if it sustains any during transit. Consider photographing the condition before its journey.

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

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

4. Disconnect battery and tidy cables – This precaution helps avoid draining the battery and any shortages in electronics. Despite being a waterborne vehicle, your boat might be exposed to different weather conditions when travelling on a trailer. Ensure all exposed electronics are covered and battery cables are tucked away.

5. Secure everything – If accessories and life jackets aren't travelling separately, stow them away in lockers. Secure all doors and compartments in the galley and 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 (also provide padding for points at which the mast will be tied down). Only take off pulpits, stanchions, and lifelines if they will make the boat too large to transport easily.

Check with your boatyard for any other precautions they might think are 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 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 is expecting, make sure to contact them and make them aware so 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 you with unloading or docking and may help with other aspects of maintenance and checks (depending on what you agreed). If there are any other services you need assistance with, specify these at the beginning of the process when listing your required service on Shiply.

It's crucial to inspect your craft post-transit to ensure it hasn't been damaged. Ask the transporter about any discrepancies so they can be resolved promptly. Once your boat is safely docked or secured, remove the tape and other securing materials, refill water tanks, reattach batteries and motors, or re-rig your sailboat so it's ready to be used again.

When you're satisfied that the transportation 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 transport provider for their own job and helps transporters continuously improve their service.

East Riding of Yorkshire Boat Transport

East Riding of Yorkshire, UK, is a popular destination for boat owners, with many people moving their boats to and from the area. The region boasts stunning coastlines, picturesque rivers, and numerous marinas, making it an ideal location for boating enthusiasts. Whether you're relocating to East Riding of Yorkshire or simply need to transport your boat for maintenance or storage, Shiply can help you find reliable boat transport services in the area.

When searching for "boat transport east riding of yorkshire" or "east riding of yorkshire boat transport," keep in mind the specific requirements of your vessel, such as its size, type, and any special handling needs. By providing detailed information about your boat and its transportation requirements, you'll be able to receive accurate quotes from experienced transport providers who are familiar with the unique challenges of moving boats in and out of East Riding of Yorkshire.

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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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