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Shiply: Hassle-Free Boat Transport in Northamptonshire & Beyond

Discovering Budget-Friendly & Dependable Boat Transportation

Shiply eliminates the inconvenience of boat transport by linking you with cost-effective, trustworthy services that fulfill your requirements. Merely create a listing on our website & relax as transport providers send you quotes to relocate your boat. Once you discover a quote you prefer, reach out to the driver, verify the specifics, and await your boat's pickup.

Reasons You May Require Boat Transportation

Whether you need to convey a narrowboat, sailboat, small boat, or yacht, Shiply can help. Perhaps you've recently acquired a new boat and need it delivered, or maybe you need to get your boat to a destination on land. It might be too sizable for you to transport yourself. Regardless of the reason, Shiply can assist you in finding a dependable & professional company for shipping your boat at the appropriate price.

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

Obtaining Quotes for Boat Transport

When you list your boat transportation needs on Shiply, our network of transport providers will offer you quotes. Simply complete a form with basic information about the boat to be transported, and you'll receive complimentary quotes in pounds sterling or euros, depending on your location. Once you've obtained several quotes, you can compare companies based on their credentials, customer feedback, & costs.

Elements Influencing Boat Transport Costs

The expense of boat transport varies depending on several factors, but on average, you can anticipate paying between £100 to £260 for shorter distances and between £450 and £750 for longer journeys. 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. However, larger vessels like sailboats or narrowboats necessitate special attention and will likely cost more to transport. Narrowboats may require specialist narrowboat movers due to their unique size.

Whether the boat needs to be transported within the UK or internationally will also impact the pricing. International boat transport will cost significantly more and may necessitate different companies than those in the UK who specialize in road transport.

Utilizing Shiply to Find a Boat Transporter

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

There are two primary methods of boat transportation, and the method you choose will depend on where your boat needs to go. If your boat requires a specific transportation method, 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 only parts of a 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 do this. Crews should inspect your vessel, plot courses, & check shipping forecasts for you.

When you receive quotes, be sure to check the credentials and 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.

Regardless of the type of transportation, it's crucial to check the level of experience and professional insurance cover offered by the company (do not accept personal insurance). This will help you 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 a high level of expertise.

Boat Transport in Northamptonshire, UK

Northamptonshire, a county in the East Midlands of England, is a popular location for boat owners. Many people often relocate boats to and from Northamptonshire for various reasons, such as purchasing a new vessel, relocating, or participating in boating events. The county's proximity to several navigable rivers and canals, including the River Nene and the Grand Union Canal, makes it an attractive destination for boating enthusiasts.

When transporting a boat to or from Northamptonshire, it's essential to choose a reliable and experienced boat transport company. Shiply can help you find the right transporter for your needs, whether you require road transport for a small boat or specialist narrowboat movers for a larger vessel.

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 enough time to prepare for the transport and find a suitable transport service. Boat deliveries can be carried out in various ways, but regardless of the method, ensure your boat is prepared correctly to prevent damage, leakage, or dangerous loose ends during the journey.

  • Check the condition – Thoroughly inspect the interior and exterior of your vessel for any pre-existing damage. This way, you can determine if it suffers any damage during transit. Consider taking photographs of the condition before its journey.

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

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

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

  • Secure everything – If accessories and life jackets aren't traveling 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 remove pulpits, stanchions, and 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 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 expects, 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 with unloading or docking and may help with other aspects of maintenance and checks (depending on what you agreed upon). If you need help with any other services, specify these at the beginning of the process when listing your required service on Shiply.

After the transit, check your craft to ensure it hasn't been damaged and ask the transporter about any discrepancies so they can be resolved quickly.

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 for use 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 in choosing a transport provider for their own job and helps transporters continuously improve their service.

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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 439,949 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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