An Optimistic End To The 2010 Boat Season Means Boat Transport Demand Grows In 2011

Industry: Business

The UK boat and marine industry is reporting increased turnover, leading to increased activity for associated marine businesses such as boat transport companies.

Cheshire UK (PRUnderground) March 14th, 2011

According to figures released by the British Marine Federation (BMF), the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry is continuing to hold its own, despite the ongoing recession and recent VAT increases with boat builders, marinas and boat transport firms all increasing capacity.

The last half of 2010 showed 43% of companies in the boat and marine industry were posting increased turnover, according to the Autumn Report by the BMF. Coupled with a generally more positive outlook on the future, the boat and leisure sectors look set to remain buoyant in 2011.

In the retail sector, both the London Boat Show and Birmingham Boat and Caravan Show posted visitor number increases of 7 and 4% respectively. The show in the capital featured a Used Boat Marina for the first time and hundreds of boats were transported in to the exhibition from all over the country. The organizer of the show reported that more than 50% of the pre-owned boats featured were now sold and waiting for boat delivery.

Over in Birmingham the 50th edition of the show featured over 250 water craft, including sports boats, rigid inflatables, sailing dinghies, jet bikes and other personal watercraft as well as river boats, cruisers and narrow boats and many boat transport specialists were involved in the set up and break down of both exhibitions.

With good sales of new and pre-owned boats, boat delivery companies are expecting an increase in demand before the start of the main summer 2011 holiday season, in particular for international boat deliveries.

Daniel Parry, director of transport services website said: “Following on from the successful shows, we’re expecting an increase in demand for boat delivery quotes. We are also finding that boat owners are increasingly keen to use road transport as the best value way to move their boats around the UK, or more popularly to marinas in warmer climes. We’ve seen demand for boat deliveries to Spain increase in 2010 as water lovers seek the sunshine and we’re expecting that trend to continue in 2011.”

Owners of boats who want to get their craft moved or delivered to a new marine location can get free quotes from a range of rated specialist boat transport firms with just one online form to fill in. All quotes are free and try to match boat transport requests with companies who have spare capacity, so the cost is reduced.
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Daniel Parry is CEO of online transportation website Delivery Quote Compare, offering free quotes for boat delivery and transportation services.

About was set up to provide transport companies with an opening to make quotes and win delivery work from customers who need goods delivering to national, European and international destinations.

All types of delivery companies are registered with the site, from boat transport and delivery services to specialist air freight forwarders. All types of goods are quoted for and handled, from eBay seller deliveries and whole house removal jobs to boat deliveries and furniture shipments throughout the UK, in Europe and beyond.

Customers with goods that need to be delivered simply register and post the job details on the Delivery Quote Compare website and the details are then sent on to relevant transport companies who can provide the service required. The companies then look at the details and work out a bespoke price for that delivery job.

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