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  1. #1
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    Default Boat Transport

    Hi all,
    I am new to this forum and am glad to have found such a wealth of knowledge!

    I am looking to bring my Jeanneau Merry Fisher 805 from A Coruna in Spain to Gloucester.

    I have had quotes ranging from £3500 (return load) all the way to £8000 (dedicated trip)...

    Someone said to me about taking 2 weeks holiday to cruise the boat to the UK. Has anyone on here done something similar?
    She has a Volvo Penta TAMD 200HP diesel engine on board, obviously with GPS, VHF etc.

    Or is it worth to just pay for a truck to pick her up?
    Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMerryFisher View Post
    Hi all,
    I am new to this forum and am glad to have found such a wealth of knowledge!

    I am looking to bring my Jeanneau Merry Fisher 805 from A Coruna in Spain to Gloucester.

    I have had quotes ranging from £3500 (return load) all the way to £8000 (dedicated trip)...

    Someone said to me about taking 2 weeks holiday to cruise the boat to the UK. Has anyone on here done something similar?
    She has a Volvo Penta TAMD 200HP diesel engine on board, obviously with GPS, VHF etc.

    Or is it worth to just pay for a truck to pick her up?
    Any advice is greatly appreciated!
    The lower price sounds good , and which way would you come back ,

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    Ok, its not exactly a big boat.
    First, figure out the fuel price, on an average ....speed / fuel use.
    Then, Cost in, how many marina stays, you will need, to complete the voyage, and the prices pr night.
    Unless you are intrepid, you will probably want to rest up, for a few days, in certain places, after a bad night, at sea.
    Then factor in, how long you might be stormbound for ?
    As that is not free either !
    Then, toss, the coin..... Are you doing it as an adventure ?
    Then yes, enjoy every good or harrowing moment, of the trip.

    On one trip back, from the Caribbean, I was stormbound, in Crosshaven, for 9 days !
    Gales, throughout all UK sea areas.
    When we finally left Crosshaven, the seas were still rough, then the Mayday came, and we spent 2 days sailing patterns to & from Lundy, trying to find Tabarly, who had been swept off Pen Duic. The Amatures on board, were not capable of managing the boat, thank God, a more agile boat than mine, An Australian race boat, managed to get an experienced man, on Pen Duic & take control. There was also a Brit Warship, trying to help, but to no avail. Some 9 days later, Tabarlys body was caught in a trawlers net.

    If, on the other hand, you want a fast trip....... Then Sorry, ...
    You cannot beat road transport.
    Also, a reputable transporter, covers your boat, with his insurance, while in his care !
    Be sure to ask , about that !!!!
    Some Unscrupulous persons, will not tell you, that they are limitedly insured & its your fault , that you did not arrange road transport cover through your own Ins Policy.

    Obviously, the above, only comes to light, if there is an accident, and you expect the haulier to pay !

    One part I cannot understand, is your pricing, ?? Are you wanting to bring it to the UK forever
    Or also, take it back to Spain ?

    Take Care, Out There
    Last edited by STILL AFLOAT; 08-09-19 at 17:11.

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    Default Re: Boat Transport

    Is the 805 you've seen in Spain a particularly good one? I'm looking at 805 and 925's at the moment. Lots here for sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMerryFisher View Post
    Hi all,
    I am new to this forum and am glad to have found such a wealth of knowledge!

    I am looking to bring my Jeanneau Merry Fisher 805 from A Coruna in Spain to Gloucester.

    I have had quotes ranging from £3500 (return load) all the way to £8000 (dedicated trip)...

    Someone said to me about taking 2 weeks holiday to cruise the boat to the UK. Has anyone on here done something similar?
    She has a Volvo Penta TAMD 200HP diesel engine on board, obviously with GPS, VHF etc.

    Or is it worth to just pay for a truck to pick her up?
    Any advice is greatly appreciated!
    You'd have to be absolutely nuts to do that trip in a MF 805 - if would be gruelling, stressfull, and use a load of fuel. £3500 is a good price, just stick it on a truck and enjoy it when it gets here.

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    Or do it via the inland waterwys and take 6 months over it....!
    Graham. Bavaria 42 Vision, "Scala" now sold. Boatless.

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    Another option is to sell there and buy a new one here.
    The loss maybe be less than 3500

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    I guess it depends wether you would consider sailing the boat home an adventure or a chore. Personally I'd relish the challenge and thoroughly enjoy sailing the boat home. From the north coast of spain you can harbour hop around the coast of Biscay and work the weather as you go. Financially by the time you factor in fuel marinas and food etc then you may be close to your road transport cost. However if you see it as a holiday opportunity then its like you have £3500 to spend on your holiday trip.
    I'd seriously consider sailing it home if you have the time and confidence

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    Hi all,

    Thank you for taking the time in getting back to me.
    All of your feedback is appreciated!

    Someone has said that I would be nuts to do it..well! I have a couple of people who want to come along with me and assist with the journey.
    With the cost, it is about the same price as the lower transport to power her to the UK from Spain but it is that feeling of adventure that I need to balance.

    I already own the boat in Spain so she has to come here!

    Has anyone done the crossing from the north of Spain to the UK that could shed some light?

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    Quote Originally Posted by STILL AFLOAT View Post
    Ok, its not exactly a big boat.
    First, figure out the fuel price, on an average ....speed / fuel use.
    Then, Cost in, how many marina stays, you will need, to complete the voyage, and the prices pr night.
    Unless you are intrepid, you will probably want to rest up, for a few days, in certain places, after a bad night, at sea.
    Then factor in, how long you might be stormbound for ?
    As that is not free either !
    Then, toss, the coin..... Are you doing it as an adventure ?
    Then yes, enjoy every good or harrowing moment, of the trip.

    On one trip back, from the Caribbean, I was stormbound, in Crosshaven, for 9 days !
    Gales, throughout all UK sea areas.
    When we finally left Crosshaven, the seas were still rough, then the Mayday came, and we spent 2 days sailing patterns to & from Lundy, trying to find Tabarly, who had been swept off Pen Duic. The Amatures on board, were not capable of managing the boat, thank God, a more agile boat than mine, An Australian race boat, managed to get an experienced man, on Pen Duic & take control. There was also a Brit Warship, trying to help, but to no avail. Some 9 days later, Tabarlys body was caught in a trawlers net.

    If, on the other hand, you want a fast trip....... Then Sorry, ...
    You cannot beat road transport.
    Also, a reputable transporter, covers your boat, with his insurance, while in his care !
    Be sure to ask , about that !!!!
    Some Unscrupulous persons, will not tell you, that they are limitedly insured & its your fault , that you did not arrange road transport cover through your own Ins Policy.

    Obviously, the above, only comes to light, if there is an accident, and you expect the haulier to pay !

    One part I cannot understand, is your pricing, ?? Are you wanting to bring it to the UK forever
    Or also, take it back to Spain ?

    Take Care, Out There
    Hi Still Afloat,
    That is one heck of a journey you did there! Can you recommend any decent road transport firms? I have a few quotes from some but just in case I have missed any.

    She will be coming back to the UK "forever" as I will get more use out of it here than over in Spain. I don't see the point having a boat there and only using it twice a year for a week or so.

    Thanks again!

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