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Shiply: Eliminatin' the Hassle from Vessel Transportation

Shiply's 'ere to alleviate the anxiety from vessel transportation by assistin' ya in discoverin' a budget-friendly & dependable service that suits your needs. Simply generate a postin' on our site & relax as transport providers approach ya with estimates to relocate your vessel. Once ya spot a quote that appeals to ya, contact the driver, verify & await the collection of your boat.

What's the Purpose of Vessel Transportation?

Whether ya require a narrowboat, sailboat, small craft, or yacht transported, Shiply can lend a hand. Did ya recently acquire a new vessel & need it shipped? Or perhaps ya need to get your boat to a land-based location? Maybe it's too sizable for ya to haul yourself? Regardless of the circumstances, Shiply can assist ya in findin' a trustworthy & expert company for transportin' your vessel at the appropriate cost. Selectin' a specialized boat hauler will ensure you're in capable hands. Boat haulage firms in the UK & globally will be knowledgeable about the intricacies of collaboratin' with boats, marinas & ports and should guide ya through all facets of the transportation process.

Postin' your vessel transportation on Shiply & our network of transport providers will provide ya with price estimates. Ya simply need to complete a form with some fundamental details about your boat to be transported & ya will obtain complimentary quotes in pounds sterlin' or euros, contingent on your location. Once you've acquired several estimates, you'll be able to evaluate companies based on their qualifications, customer feedback & expenses.

What's the Price of Transportin' a Vessel?

The expense of boat transport will fluctuate based on several elements, but as an average cost, ya can anticipate payin' between £100 to £260 for shorter distances & between £450 & £750 for lengthier trips. The average cost per mile for standard boat transport is around £1.50 per mile in the UK, but as mentioned, this can vary dependin' on the dimensions of the boat. The size of the vessel bein' transported will significantly impact the cost. For instance, small boat transport is straightforward as they can often be hauled on the road, whereas somethin' like a larger sailboat or narrowboat will necessitate special attention & will likely be more expensive to transport. A narrowboat may require specialist narrowboat movers due to their unique size. Whether the boat needs to be transported within the UK or internationally will also play a role in the pricin', as international boat transport will cost significantly more & may require different companies to those in the UK who specialize in road transport.

Utilizin' Shiply to Locate a Boat Transporter

To create a listin' on Shiply, ya only need to fill out a brief form with some specifics about your boat & the pick-up & drop-off dates & locations. Once your listin' is finalized, ya will start receivin' complimentary quotes from various transport providers - some of which may contact ya to gain a clearer understandin' of the required services so they can accurately quote for the job.

There are two primary methods of boat transportation & the approach ya choose will depend on where your boat needs to go. If your boat is required to be transported in a specific manner, please indicate this on your Shiply listin'.

By road - If your vessel needs to be hauled within the same country, you'll discover that road transportation is likely the optimal choice. If you're movin' parts of a boat only or a non-startin' boat, transportation by road is your sole option.

By sea or river - If your craft needs to be sailed port-to-port, then ya can hire a crew to accomplish this. Crews should inspect your vessel, plot courses & check shippin' forecasts for ya.

Once ya have received some quotes, ensure ya verify the credentials & feedback of any skippers & crew hands which ya can view by examinin' the transport providers' company profiles on Shiply. If you're movin' a sailboat, then RYA or MCA accredited crews are the qualifications to seek out.

With any type of transportation, it's crucial to check the level of experience & professional insurance coverage that they provide (do not accept personal insurance) so ya can make the most informed decision for your individual situation.

Don't hesitate to inquire with the companies about any aspects of the transportation process as they will often possess a high level of expertise.

Discoverin' the ideal boat transport service can be overwhelmin' if ya intend to compare all the prices & credentials. Larger companies might charge less, whereas smaller family-run transporters could offer ya a more personalized service.

Readyin' Your Boat for Transport

If your vessel is bein' transported by land, there are several preparatory tasks to complete to ensure that the transportation proceeds as smoothly as possible. You'll want to plan as far in advance as possible to give yourself ample time to prepare for the transport & to enable ya to find a suitable transport service. Boat deliveries can be carried out in various ways, but regardless, make sure your boat is prepared correctly to prevent any damage, leakage, or dangerous loose ends occurrin' durin' the journey.

Check the condition - Make sure ya thoroughly inspect the interior & exterior of your vessel for any prior damage. This way, ya can determine if it sustains any durin' transit. Ya may want to take photographs of the condition before its journey.

Remove valuables - Make sure ya remove anythin' valuable from your boat before it's transported as these will not be insured.

Empty the bilge, water, refuse stores & the majority of fuel - Pump out wastewater & other liquids. Any freshwater tanks & rubbish should be emptied, fuel tanks disconnected & the majority of the gasoline emptied to make the boat lighter to deliver & prevent any potential leakages durin' transport.

Disconnect battery & tidy cables - A precaution that will help avoid drainin' the battery & any shortages in electronics. Despite bein' a waterborne vehicle, your boat might be exposed to different weather conditions when it travels on a trailer. So make sure that all exposed electronics are covered & battery cables are tucked away.

Make things secure - If they aren't travellin' separately, make sure all accessories & life jackets are stowed away in lockers. Secure all doors & compartments in the galley & washrooms. Also, make sure that the canopy is extra secure as it might not be built to travel at the same speeds as a trailer.

For sailboats - Removin' all winches & riggin' etc. from the mast is important (also provide paddin' for points at which the mast will be tied down). Pulpits, stanchions & lifelines should only be taken off if they will make the boat too large to transport easily.

Ya can also check with your boatyard for any other precautions that they might think important for safe transport. If your boat is goin' to be sailed to its destination, make sure ya arrange with the captain what preparations need to be made prior to the handover.

Once your boat is ready, all ya need to do is wait for the transporter to arrive. Once ya have accepted a quote on Shiply, ya will be able to communicate with the transport provider to arrange the final details.

If any changes occur that may differ from what your transport provider is expectin', make sure they are contacted & made aware so they can plan accordingly.

Finalizin' Your Boat's Transportation

When your vessel safely reaches its destination on the delivery date, your boat transporter should assist ya with the unloadin' or dockin' & may help ya with other aspects of maintenance & checks (dependin' on what ya agreed). If there are any other services ya need assistance with, these should be specified at the beginnin' of the process when listin' your required service on Shiply.

Either way, it's important that ya inspect your craft post-transit to ensure that 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, ya can remove the tape & other securin' 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 ya used on Shiply on their company profile. Leavin' feedback is extremely helpful to us as it assists other users when choosin' a transport provider for their own job & it also helps transporters continuously improve their service.

Boat Transport in Folkestone, Kent, UK

Folkestone, situated in Kent, UK, is a sought-after destination for boat owners seekin' to transport their vessels to & from the area. With its prime location on the English Channel, Folkestone provides easy access to the sea, makin' it an ideal spot for boat enthusiasts. Many individuals opt to relocate their boats to Folkestone for various reasons, such as engagin' in water activities, storin' their vessels in local marinas, or simply appreciatin' the picturesque coastline.

When it comes to boat transport Folkestone, Shiply can assist ya in findin' reliable & affordable services. Our network of experienced transport providers specializes in safely movin' boats of all sizes, from small sailboats to large yachts. Whether you're relocatin' your boat to Folkestone or need to transport it from the area to another destination, Shiply can connect ya with trusted Folkestone boat transport companies that will ensure your vessel arrives at its destination in pristine condition.

By utilizin' Shiply for your boat transport needs in Folkestone, Kent, UK, ya can rest assured that your boat will be handled with the utmost care & professionalism. Our platform makes it easy to compare quotes from multiple transport providers, allowin' ya to find the best service at a competitive price. So, whether you're a seasoned boater or new to the world of boat ownership, trust Shiply to assist ya with all your Folkestone boat transport requirements.

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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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