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Shipping a narrowboat to the US
Best way to ship a narrowboat to the USA
Saturday,6 December, 2014
7:20 pm
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Greetings to all:

I am a “wannabe” narrowboat CC – at least for the two years my wife and I would like to spend seeing the UK via canal and river. I have spent countless hours checking out each and every narrowboat for sale on the ole “internet”… even those outside of my price bracket.  I have decided that I like the “tug” style the best as it comes closest to fitting our life style with a “fore deck” that can be used with patio furniture for a comfortable area to socialize, eat and drink with new friends… or just relax in the peace and quiet….

BUT….

I don’t want the traditional “engine room” with a loud, smelly engine sitting in the middle of my home… I want my engine water cooled, hospital silenced and below decks.  There are not to many “tug” style narrowboats for sale  and those that are generally have your traditional “engine room”… so I started looking for someone to make the shell and then have it fitted to our specs… guess what… the BEST builders have a two year wait list to START a shell! So… it is back to the search for the PERFECT boat for us…

BUT…

The cost of a “custom build” exceeds my budget for a two year adventure… I would need to ship it back to the USA so I could continue cruising on the Inter-Coastal Waterway [from the southern tip of Florida up the east coast to the Great Lakes].  I would ship from any point in the UK I can reach by narrowboat to Jacksonville, Florida. 

BUT….

I need to know:  HOW MUCH, IN TOTAL WEIGHT, DOES A 57-60 FOOT NARROW BOAT WEIGHT?  I have had MAJOR problems so far trying to get a shipping estimate from an “online” boat shipping firm…they all give me the stock answer: We only ship boats FROM the US to Europe!  It seems when I contact a UK firm, my IP address automatically re-directs my request to their American counter part… from whom I get the above stock answer…. CAN ANYONE HELP ME OUT HERE AND GET ME A SHIPPING ESTIMATE TO JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA FROM A UK BOAT SHIPPER????

Thank you

Alan B. Cranford  Cool

Mexicalialan

mexicalialan@gmail.com

Saturday,6 December, 2014
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Hallo Alan,

a 54 foot tug style NB will have a displacement of about 16.8 tons (metric), for each additional meter add 1,0 ton.
This is based on a draught of 2 ft 2 in.

Try to search under “freight forwarder”. Example: http://www.3plogistics.com/top25_ff.htm

M

 

ps: the weight is fully laden, I think you will ship it empty, so deduct 3 tons.

Wednesday,10 December, 2014
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Terry Darlington shipped his narrowboat to the Chesapeakes , east coast USA, and wrote a seqel to his book Narrowdog to Carcasonne, Narrowdog up the Indian River, describing his journey south to Florida along the intra coastal waterway (ICW). Highly recomended reading both, but it may be worth contacting him for the shipping details.

Regards – Richard –
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Wednesday,10 December, 2014
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richardhula said
Terry Darlington shipped his narrowboat to the Chesapeakes , east coast USA, and wrote a seqel to his book Narrowdog to Carcasonne, Narrowdog up the Indian River, describing his journey south to Florida along the intra coastal waterway (ICW). Highly recomended reading both, but it may be worth contacting him for the shipping details.

He moors at Aston Marina at Stone. They may be able to pass a message on to him.

Living retirement in the slow lane.

20 years hiring, 6 years of shared ownership and a Continuous Cruiser since 2007 but still learning!

Wednesday,10 December, 2014
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They also have a web site: http://www.narrowdog.com/index.html

and email address: tmj@narrowdog.com

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