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Shiply: Simplifying Boat Transport in Blackburn, Lancashire, UK


Shiply is here to eliminate the stress of boat transport by helping you discover an economical & dependable service that suits your needs. Simply create a listing on our platform & relax as transport providers approach you with offers to relocate your boat. Once you find a quote that appeals to you, contact the driver, confirm the details, & await the collection of your boat.


Individuals frequently transport boats to & from Blackburn, Lancashire, UK for various purposes. Blackburn is a vibrant town with a rich heritage & a thriving boating community. Whether you're purchasing a new boat, require your boat to be delivered to a location on land, or it's too sizable for you to transport independently, Shiply can assist you in finding a trustworthy & professional company to ship your boat at a fair price.


The Necessity of Boat Transportation


Whether you need a narrowboat, sailboat, small boat, or yacht transported, Shiply can help. Have you recently acquired a new boat & require delivery? Or perhaps you need to get your boat to a destination on land? Maybe it's too large for you to transport yourself? Regardless of the reason, Shiply can assist you in finding a reliable & professional company to ship your boat at a competitive price. Opting for a specialized boat hauler will ensure you're in capable hands. Boat haulage companies in the UK & internationally are well-versed in working with boats, marinas, & ports, & should guide you through all aspects of the transportation process.


By listing your boat transportation on Shiply, our network of transport providers will provide you with price quotes. You simply need to complete a form with basic information about your boat to be transported, & you will receive free quotes in pounds sterling or euros, depending on your location. Once you've received multiple quotes, you can compare companies based on their credentials, customer feedback, & costs.


The Cost of Boat Transport


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


The dimensions of the boat being transported will significantly impact the cost. For instance, small boat transport is straightforward as they can often be hauled on the road, whereas larger vessels like sailboats or narrowboats will require special attention & will likely incur higher transportation costs. A narrowboat may necessitate specialized narrowboat movers due to its unique size. Whether the boat needs to be transported within the UK or internationally will also influence the pricing, as international boat transport will be significantly more expensive & may require 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, you only need to complete a brief form with details about your boat, pick-up & drop-off dates, & locations. Once your listing is live, you will start receiving free quotes from various transport providers - some of whom may reach out to you to better understand the required services, enabling them to provide an accurate quote for the work.


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 transportation in a specific manner, 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 best option. If you're moving only parts of a boat or a non-starting boat, 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 accomplish this. Crews should inspect your vessel, plot courses, & check shipping forecasts on your behalf.


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


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


Don't hesitate to ask the companies any questions about the transportation process, as they often have extensive experience.


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


Readying Your Boat for Transport


If your vessel is being transported by land, there are several preparatory tasks to ensure the transportation goes as smoothly as possible. You'll want to plan as far ahead as possible to give yourself ample time to prepare for the transport & to enable you to find a suitable transport service. Boat deliveries can be carried out in several different ways, but regardless, make sure your boat is prepared correctly to prevent any 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 determine if it suffers any during transit. You may want to take photographs of the condition before its journey.


Remove valuables - Make sure you remove anything valuable from your boat before it's transported, as these items 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 during transport.


Disconnect battery & tidy cables - A precaution that will help 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. So make sure that all exposed electronics are covered & battery cables are tucked away.


Make things secure - If they aren't travelling 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 - Removing all winches & rigging etc. from the mast is important (also provide padding 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.


You can also check with your boatyard for any other precautions that they might think important for safe transport. If your boat is going to be sailed to its destination, make sure you 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. Once you have accepted a quote on Shiply, you will be able to communicate with the transport provider directly.


If any changes occur that may differ from what your transport provider is expecting, make sure they are contacted & made 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 the unloading or docking & may help you with other aspects of maintenance & checks (depending on what you agreed upon). If there are any other services you need help with, these should be specified at the beginning of the process when listing your required service on Shiply.


Either way, it's important that you check your craft post-transit to ensure that 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, you can 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, & it also helps transporters continuously improve their service.


In summary, if you're seeking boat transport in Blackburn, Lancashire, UK, Shiply is here to help. We simplify the process of finding reliable & affordable boat transportation, making it easy & stress-free. Whether you need to move a narrowboat, sailboat, small boat, or yacht, our network of transport providers can assist you. So why wait? Create a listing on Shiply today & have your boat transported with ease!

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

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