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Economical & Dependable Boat Shipping Simplified


Shiply eliminates the inconvenience of boat transportation by linking you with cost-effective, trustworthy services that suit your needs. Merely create a posting on our site & relax as transport providers send you estimates to ship your boat. Once you discover a quote you prefer, reach out to the transporter, verify, and await your boat's pickup.


Whether you require a narrowboat, sailboat, small craft, or yacht transported, Shiply can assist. Perhaps you've recently acquired a new vessel & need it shipped? Or maybe you need to get your boat to a location on land? Regardless of the circumstance, Shiply can help you find a dependable & professional company for transporting your boat at the appropriate cost.


Selecting a specialized boat hauler will guarantee your vessel is in secure hands. Boat haulage companies in the UK & globally are well-versed in collaborating with boats, marinas, and ports and should aid you with all aspects of the transportation process.


Obtaining Estimates for Boat Shipping


Posting your boat transportation on Shiply is simple. Our network of transport providers will provide you with prices based on the details you supply. Just complete a form with some fundamental information about your boat & you'll receive complimentary estimates in pounds sterling or euros, depending on your location.


After you've obtained several estimates, you can evaluate companies by their qualifications, customer feedback, & expenses.


The Expense of Boat Shipping


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


Small boat transport is relatively straightforward as they can often be hauled on the road, whereas larger sailboats or narrowboats necessitate special attention & may cost more to transport. Narrowboats may require specialist narrowboat movers due to their distinctive size.


International boat transport will cost significantly more than domestic transport & may necessitate different companies that specialize in international shipping.


Utilizing Shiply to Locate a Boat Transporter


To create a listing on Shiply, simply fill in a brief form with details about your boat, pick-up & drop-off dates, and locations. Once your listing is finished, you'll start receiving complimentary quotes from various transport providers. Some may contact you for more information to better comprehend the required services & provide an accurate estimate.


There are two primary methods of boat transportation, & the method you choose will depend on where your boat needs to go. If your boat requires a particular mode of transport, 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 when moving boat parts, transportation by road is your sole 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 the transport providers' company profiles on Shiply. If you're moving a sailboat, look for RYA or MCA accredited crews.


With any type of transportation, it's crucial to check the level of experience & professional insurance cover offered (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 transportation 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 transported 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 & find a suitable transport service.


Boat deliveries can be carried out in several ways, but regardless of the method, make sure your boat is prepared correctly to prevent damage, leakage, or dangerous loose ends during the journey.


Check the condition – Thoroughly inspect the interior & exterior of your vessel for any previous damage. This way, you can see if it suffers any during transit. Consider taking photographs of the condition before its journey.


Remove valuables – Take anything valuable off your boat before it's transported, as these items will not be insured.


Empty the bilge, water, refuse stores & most of the 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 & any shortages in electronics. Despite being a waterborne vehicle, your boat might be exposed to different weather conditions when it travels on a trailer. Make sure all exposed electronics are covered & battery cables are tucked away.


Secure everything – If accessories & life jackets aren't travelling separately, stow them away in lockers. Secure all 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 (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.


Consult with your boatyard for any other precautions they might think 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, 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 & 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 help you with unloading or docking & may assist 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.


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 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 & helps transporters continuously improve their service.


Boat Shipping in Greater Manchester, UK


Greater Manchester, situated in the north-west of England, is a popular hub for boat owners & enthusiasts. With its extensive network of canals & waterways, including the famous Manchester Ship Canal, many people often move boats to & from the region.


Whether you're relocating to Greater Manchester, purchasing a boat from the area, or need to transport your vessel for maintenance or events, Shiply can help you find reliable boat transport services in Greater Manchester. Our network of experienced transporters can handle various types of boats, from small recreational crafts to larger narrowboats & sailboats.


By using Shiply to find boat transport in Greater Manchester, you can compare quotes from multiple providers, ensuring you get the best price & service for your specific needs. Our platform makes it easy to connect with local transporters who are familiar with the region's waterways & can safely navigate your boat to its destination.


So, whether you're moving a boat within Greater Manchester or to & from other parts of the UK, trust Shiply to help you find the right boat transport solution for your 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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    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.

  • 3

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

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