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Discover Budget-Friendly & Dependable Boat Transport with Shiply

Shiply eliminates the stress from boat transportation by linking you with cost-effective, trustworthy services that cater to your requirements. Simply create a listing on our platform & relax as transport companies send you quotes to transport your boat. Once you discover a quote you prefer, reach out to the driver, verify the specifics, and await the collection of your boat.

The Benefits of Selecting Shiply for Boat Shipping

Whether you require transportation for a narrowboat, sailboat, small craft, or yacht, Shiply can help. Perhaps you've recently acquired a new boat and need it shipped, or maybe you need to transport your boat to a land-based destination. It might even be too sizable for you to move on your own. Regardless of the circumstance, Shiply can assist you in finding a dependable & professional company for transporting your boat at the appropriate cost.

Opting for a specialized boat hauler ensures your vessel is in secure hands. Boat haulage companies in the UK and globally comprehend the intricacies of working with boats, marinas, & ports and should guide you through the entire shipping process.

To begin, simply complete a form with essential information about your boat and receive complimentary quotes in pounds sterling or euros, depending on your location. Compare companies based on their qualifications, customer reviews, and prices to find the optimal fit for your needs.

The Expense of Boat Shipping

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

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

International boat shipping will also cost significantly more than domestic transport and may necessitate different companies that specialize in global shipping.

Utilizing Shiply to Find a Boat Transporter

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

There are two primary methods of boat transportation, and the method you choose will depend on where your boat needs to go. If you require a specific transportation method, please specify this in your Shiply listing.

For domestic transport within the same country, road transportation is often the optimal option. If you're moving boat parts or a non-starting boat, transportation by road is your sole choice.

If your craft needs to be sailed port-to-port, you can hire a crew to handle this. Crews should inspect your vessel, plot courses, & check shipping forecasts on your behalf.

When reviewing quotes, be sure to check the credentials and feedback of any skippers and crew members 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 transportation method, it's crucial to verify the level of experience and professional insurance cover offered by the transport provider. Do not accept personal insurance, as this may not provide adequate protection. Feel free to ask the companies any questions about the transportation process, as they often have extensive experience in the field.

Readying Your Boat for Shipping

If your vessel is being transported by land, there are several preparatory steps to ensure a smooth shipping process. Plan ahead to allow ample time for preparation and finding a suitable transport service.

Before transport, thoroughly check the interior and exterior of your vessel for any pre-existing damage. Take photographs of the condition before its journey. Remove any valuables, as these will not be insured during transit.

Empty the bilge, water, refuse stores, and most of the fuel to make the boat lighter and prevent potential leakages. Disconnect the battery and tidy cables to avoid draining the battery and any electrical shortages. Cover exposed electronics and secure battery cables.

Secure all accessories, life jackets, doors, and compartments in the galley and washrooms. Ensure the canopy is extra secure, as it may not be built to withstand the speeds of a trailer.

For sailboats, remove all winches, rigging, and padding points where the mast will be tied down. Only remove pulpits, stanchions, and lifelines if they 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 being sailed to its destination, arrange with the captain what preparations need to be made before the handover.

Finalizing Your Boat's Shipping

When your vessel reaches its destination safely 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 your agreement. Specify any additional services you need when listing your requirements on Shiply.

After transit, check your craft for any damage and discuss any discrepancies with the transporter for prompt resolution. Once your boat is securely docked, remove any securing materials, refill water tanks, reattach batteries and motors, or re-rig your sailboat so it's ready for use.

When you're satisfied with the transportation service, please leave a review for the service provider on their Shiply company profile. Your feedback helps other users choose the best transport provider for their needs and allows transporters to continually improve their services.

Tyne and Wear, UK: A Popular Destination for Boat Shipping

Tyne and Wear, a metropolitan county in North East England, is a popular destination for boat owners seeking to transport their vessels. With its rich maritime history and access to the North Sea, Tyne and Wear attracts boating enthusiasts from across the UK.

Many people move boats to and from Tyne and Wear for various reasons, such as participating in sailing events, relocating to a new home, or seeking maintenance and repairs at one of the region's many boatyards. The area's well-connected road network and proximity to major ports make it an ideal location for boat transport tyne and wear.

When searching for tyne and wear boat transport, Shiply can help connect you with reliable and experienced transport providers who specialize in moving boats to and from this region. By creating a listing on our platform, you can receive competitive quotes from tyne and wear boat transport companies, ensuring you find the best service at the right price.

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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.

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

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