Originally Posted by LuckyEscape
Would be interested to hear any first hand advice from sailboat owners re: shipping
a sailboat to Europe. Have been searching the net for various companies that do this service but not interested in paying 1/3 of my boat purchase price
for the service !
If you have any advice on specific companies that will ship a sailboat from New England
to anywhere in Europe, would love to hear it.
You have four basic options:
- Have the boat shipped on a ship. This means you get the boat (ususally by flatbed) to a major marine terminal. It is then loaded on the ship. Obviously this is an over simplification as there are regulations on how it has to be shipped.
- Hire a delivery captain
- Fly over and transatlantic it yourself
- Scrap the idea
Incidentally, you can not ship from the US to the US unless the company is a US company. This is due to the Jones Act which prohibits non US based companies from transporting within the United States.
I found Complete Freight, Ltd
to be helpful. But you already noted, this will be quite expensive. If cost is a concern, you are really looking at the last two ideas, possible the bottom three depending on the delivery captain
Should you wish it, here are the tele. & fax numbers
Tel: 0044 (0)1489 575763
Fax: 0044 (0)8704 580438
Hope that helps