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Economical & Dependable Boat Shipping Services in Bury St Edmunds


Shiply is here to eliminate the inconvenience of boat shipping by helping you discover an economical, trustworthy service that fulfills your requirements. Simply create a listing on our website & relax as shipping providers approach you with estimates to transport your boat. Once you find an estimate you prefer, reach out to the driver, verify, and await the collection of your boat.


What Are the Reasons for Needing Boat Shipping?


Whether you need a narrowboat, sailboat, small boat, or yacht shipped, Shiply can help. Did you recently acquire a new boat & require delivery? Or perhaps you need to get your boat to a location on land? Maybe it's too large for you to transport yourself? Regardless of the reason, Shiply can assist you in finding a trustworthy & professional company for shipping your boat at the appropriate price. Selecting a specialist boat hauler will ensure you're in safe hands. Boat haulage companies in the UK & internationally will understand the intricacies of working with boats, marinas, and ports and should assist you with all aspects of the shipping process.


Listing your boat shipping on Shiply & our network of shipping providers will provide you with price estimates. You simply need to complete a form with some basic information about your boat to be shipped & you will receive free estimates in pounds sterling or euros, depending on your location. Once you've received several estimates, you'll be able to compare companies by their qualifications, customer feedback, & costs.


The Expense of Boat Shipping


The expense of boat shipping will vary depending on several factors, but as an average cost, 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 shipping is around £1.50 per mile in the UK, but as mentioned, this can vary depending on the size of the boat. The size of the boat being transported will significantly impact the cost. For example, small boat shipping is easy as they can often be hauled on the road, whereas something like a larger sailboat or narrowboat will require special attention & will likely cost more to ship. A narrowboat may require specialist narrowboat movers due to their unique size. Whether the boat needs to be shipped within the UK or internationally will also play a role in the pricing, as international boat shipping will cost significantly more & may require different companies than those in the UK who specialize in road shipping.


Utilizing Shiply to Find a Boat Transporter


To create a listing on Shiply, you only need to complete a short form with some details about your boat & the pick-up & drop-off dates & locations. Once your listing is complete, you will begin to receive free estimates from different shipping providers - some of which may reach out to you to understand the required services more clearly so they can know how best to estimate for the work.


There are two primary methods of boat shipping, & the method you choose will depend on where your boat needs to go. If your boat is required to be shipped in a particular way, please specify on your Shiply listing.


By road - If your vessel needs to be hauled within the same country, you'll find that road shipping is likely to be the best option. If you're moving parts of a boat only or a non-starting boat, shipping by road is your only option.


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


Once you have received some estimates, make sure you check the qualifications & feedback of any skippers & crew hands, which you can see by viewing the shipping providers' company profiles on Shiply. If you're moving a sailboat, then RYA or MCA accredited crews are the qualifications to look out for.


With any type of shipping, it's important to check the level of experience & professional insurance cover that they offer (do not accept personal insurance) so you can make the most informed decision for your individual situation.


Do not hesitate to ask the companies any questions about the shipping process as they will often have a high level of experience.


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


Readying Your Boat for Shipping


If your vessel is being shipped by land, there are a number of preparatory tasks to do to ensure that the shipping goes as smoothly as possible. You'll want to plan as far ahead as possible to give yourself enough time to prepare for the shipping & to enable you to find a suitable shipping service. Boat deliveries can be carried out several different ways, but regardless, make sure your boat is prepared correctly to prevent any damage, leakage, or dangerous loose ends occurring during the journey.


Check the condition - Make sure you thoroughly check the interior & exterior of your vessel for any previous damage. This way, you can see if it suffers any during transit. You may want to take photographs of the condition before its journey.


Remove valuables - Make sure you take anything valuable off your boat before it's shipped 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 during shipping.


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 ship easily.


You can also check with your boatyard for any other precautions that they might think important for safe shipping. 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 an estimate on Shiply, you will be able to communicate with the shipping provider directly.


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


Boat Shipping in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK


Bury St Edmunds, located in Suffolk, UK, is a popular destination for boat owners. Many people often move their boats to & from Bury St Edmunds for various reasons, such as changing marinas, attending boat shows, or for maintenance & repairs. The town's proximity to the River Lark & the River Linnet makes it an ideal location for boating enthusiasts.


If you're looking for boat shipping in Bury St Edmunds, Shiply can help you find reliable & affordable services. Our network of shipping providers includes experienced boat haulers who are familiar with the area & can safely ship your vessel to or from Bury St Edmunds.


Completing Your Boat's Shipping


When your vessel safely reaches its destination on the delivery date, your boat transporter should help you with the unloading or docking & may help you with other parts of maintenance & checks (depending on what you agreed). 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 happy that the shipping 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 helps other users when choosing a shipping provider for their own job, & it also 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.

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

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