What is a Warrant of Fitness and Can I Arrange It Myself When Importing My Car?
Posted on 1st June 2018
During the certification process, your car will be issued with a Warrant of Fitness – also called Certificate of Fitness depending on the vehicle’s size - which is a key document when importing a vehicle into New Zealand.
How to Ship a Boat Overseas
Posted on January 5, 2014 – Shipping Vehicles
The idea of shipping a boat on another boat may seem strange. Can’t she just be sailed to where you want her? Not always. It may be that she isn’t suitable for open seas, or that it is the wrong time of year and you would meet inclement weather or difficult waters. In those cases, shipping your boat will be a better solution.
Shipping a boat overseas is no different from shipping any other cargo, and offers flexibility and good value for money, but it should be pointed out that careful preparation and packaging are crucial to ensure that she doesn’t get damaged in transit, especially if you are shipping in a container, as their standard 8 foot length is often smaller than a boat’s beam.
What needs to be done largely depends on the freighter that is used and its loading requirements, but generally speaking, the rig will need to be lowered, the spars removed and everything secured in position and padded. Unless a cradle has been built for your boat, she will most likely be shrink-wrapped as an added protection against theft.
The disadvantage of this method is that you will also need to have your boat put back together at the other end, which could delay you.
An alternative is to use a freight-forwarder with special ships whose decks sink below water. Your boat is simply sailed onto it, and the transporting vessel lifts up. This means that there is no need to take your boat apart and put it back together.
While this option is increasingly popular because of its great convenience, it is only offered on a limited schedule and doesn’t cover many ports. It is also still quite expensive, which explains why shipping boats as cargo is still the solution favoured by most boats’ owners.
Click here to see our quick reference guide to making car shipping easy.
When Is the Best Time to Ship Your Vehicle
Posted on 29th June 2017
Car shipping costs vary greatly with the seasons. Read on to find out at what time of the year you will find the best prices.
What to Consider When Purchasing Marine Insurance
Posted on 1st February 2017
Marine insurance is a shipping insurance that will cover damages or loss of cargo while at sea and during transport to and from port terminals. Although it covers parts of the journey organised by shipping companies, it isn’t automatically included in most quotes
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