Pre-Transport Preparation

Apart from the actual transport of your boat, preparing it for
transport is one of the most important parts of the whole process.

Below we have provided a general list of things which should be done before transport is undertaken - those which have been starred(**) are dependant upon where your boat is destined for, we would not wish to make you do all of them if it is being transported within the UK as we have much more play with height on the majority of UK roads.


Batteries and Gas Bottles to be disconnected


Fuel quantity cannot exceed 1000 litres.


All Paint, Thinners and other Hazardous materials to be removed


All hatches, windows, interior doors and cupboards/drawers to be locked


Radar arches, domes, antennas, lights etc to be removed and safely stowed / secured

these are incredibly susceptible to overhanging branches and should be removed / lowered to avoid problems**


Windscreens to be removed and safely stored


Props and Rudders to be removed and safely stored** (motor boats only).


Bimini rails and stainless steel poles must be secured or taken off for road transport.

These are prone to shaking loose and could mark the boat.

If you refuse to remove Bimini rails we will not be held liable for any damage that results.


Canvas canopies are to be removed and stored safely

Wind drag causes damage to canvas canopies and transport will not begin if they are not removed.

If you refuse to remove canvas canopies we will not be held liable for any damage that results.


Keys for the vessel must be left with driver

So that if/when Customs stop us they can gain access to check your vessel. This happens on an extremely regular basis and should keys not be available they will and do gain entry by any means necessary!

Our drivers may well check that there is nothing loose inside the cabin before transport begins but once the doors are locked they will not gain access again.


Letter of authority for Coast 2 Coast to move your vessel from point a to point b, signed by yourself together with your boat name, contact address and telephone number.

Unfortunately road dirt is a guaranteed result of road transport. Shrink wrapping can be a deterrent to such although wind damage and drag can occasionally rip through this. Should this happen then our drivers will have to remove the wrapping to ensure the safety of other road users as well as to prevent rubbing against your boat.


Basic requirements for customs are copy of passport, copy of ssr, copy of boat invoice, proof vat paid

This list is not exhaustive as different countries require different information. For any RGR (Returned Good Relief) moves we will need evidence of ownership of the boat in the UK in your name.

** These items depends on your boat's destination.