If you’re a first-time boat owner, or new to yacht delivery & boat transport, contracting in professionals to move your “Pride & Joy” vessel might be slightly alien to you. Following these simple steps will help you through these nervous times!

Prior to your delivery or transportation, you should always…

  • Know your boat: Make sure you thoroughly check the interior and exterior of your vessel for any previous damage, this way you can be sure if it suffers any during transit. Professionals should check your boat/yacht with a fine tooth comb, photograph and show you anything before they move it.
  • Remove valuables: Make sure you take any valuables off your boat before it’s transported as these will not be insured.
  • Multiple Quotes: As with anything in life, make sure you are getting a good deal! Boat Movers Compared gives you this ability without multiple calls and emails!
  • Contract – What is & what isn’t included? Are you happy that there are no weather delay charges?

BY ROAD – Choosing a dedicated boat/yacht haulier is why we are here! These specialists will know the ins and outs of working with marinas and ports and should help you with all the aspects of the move. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions about the transportation process as they’ve probably got the answers! Smaller craft can potentially be towed by a wider range of transportation services, but be aware that they might not have as much experience as a specialist. If you’re moving parts or a non-starting boat, transportation by road is your only option.

  • Make things secure: If they aren’t travelling separately make sure all accessories and life jackets are stowed away in lockers. Secure all doors and compartments in the galley and washrooms. Also, make sure that the canopy is extra secure as it might not be built to travel at the same speeds of a trailer.
  • Drain the bilge: Pumping out waste water and other liquids will make the boat lighter to deliver and prevent any potential leakages during transport.
  • Empty water and refuse stores: Any freshwater tanks and rubbish should be emptied.
  • Empty the majority of fuel: Disconnect fuel tanks and empty the majority of the fuel, it’s only extra weight and another potential leak hazard!
  • Make things watertight: 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 and battery cables are tucked away.
  • Disconnect battery and tidy cables: A precaution that will help avoid draining the battery and any shortages in electronics.
  • For sailboats: Removing all winches and rigging etc. from the mast is important (also provide padding for points at which the mast will be laid on and tied down). Pulpits, stanchions and 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.

BY SEA – If your boat/yacht needs to be sailed port to port, then you can hire a crew to do just that. In order to get the best level of service, Boat Movers Compared gives you the opportunity to check the credentials of the Skippers. As with any type of transportation, it’s prudent to check the level of experience and professional insurance cover that they offer, do not accept Personal or Travel insurance, they need Skippers Liability. Additional to this, you will need to add their name to your Hull Insurance.

  • RYA or MCA: accredited crews are Britain’s most qualified. You can check their qualifications at certification@rya.org.uk & deck@mcga.gov.uk
  • Safety: Check your safety gear is all in date, delays for maintenance can be costly.
  • Maintenance: Check engine & generator hours along with any other serviceable areas of the boat, delays for servicing can be lengthy and expensive.
  • Communication: Ask the Skipper what preparations he needs to be made prior to the handover.
  • Pre-departure: Crews should inspect your vessel photographing any damage/wear and present this to you before they set sail.

Completing the Move – When your vessel reaches its destination your boat/yacht transporter should help you with the unloading or docking and may help you with other parts of maintenance and checks (depending on what you agreed). Either way, it’s important that you check your craft post-transit to ensure that it hasn’t been damaged and ask the transporter about any discrepancies.

Once your boat’s safely docked or secured you can remove the tape and other securing materials, refill water tanks, reattach batteries and motors or re-rig your sailboat.

When you’re happy that the transportation job has been a success, please leave a review for the service you used on Boat Movers Compared. Feedback not only helps other users compare services, it also helps Hauliers & Skippers improve!