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Old 23 September 2004, 06:55   #1
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Transporting ribs

I need some advice on transporting a rib from Weymouth to Inverness. Does anyone know of a company that will tow a rib on a trailer or put the whole thing on the back of a flat bed truck ??

The rib is 9.5m long and is a big lump and sits on its own road worthy trailer, and will need to be towed by a very capable 4x4 or truck. The schedule is pretty open and can fit around a companys' timetable availability etc

I am looking for quotes, contact names etc. I already have one in from P Lemmer.
Any help would be appreciated
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Old 23 September 2004, 07:02   #2
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How much does she way?
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Old 23 September 2004, 07:10   #3
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David Manning with his patrol may do it he posts hear!
Or you could try this http://www.bosunsmate.co.uk/towing.htm
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Try companies that move mobile homes - the big static 'uns. I believe this is how Mike Deacon got Hot Lemon (10 Scorp) to Scotland a couple of years ago.
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Have you thought of hiring a Land Rover?

http://www.shb.co.uk/

If the outfit is on a road legal trailer the Land Rover / Discovery will tow up to 3500kgs.

A Discovery would prob be the best comfort wise for such a long journey.
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Old 23 September 2004, 09:02   #6
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Give Stuart a call posts as Rogue Wave
He and his associate brought my Redbay down from Inverkip to Plymouth for a very reasonable price compaired to some of the other quotes.
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Old 23 September 2004, 09:08   #7
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Have you thought of hiring a Land Rover?
If he's going to do it himself he may as well do it properly and go by sea. Shouldn't take more than four days.

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Was gonna say what about taking it by sea!
I can do it in early Nov, but weather window might be a problem!
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I might suggest looking at the costings first.
2 x 200's, about 1 litre per mile each? £2 per mile. Say 700 miles = £1400
Then 1 night in Weymouth plus 2 more en-route plus 1 in Inverness.
4 nights per crew member, food and a half of bitter, say £100 per night =£400 plus rail fare home £100?
With marina fees etc say £2000 for boat and skipper plus £500 per crew member??
Loads of fun, I agree, but I doubt it's the cheapest way to do it.
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I didn't say it was going to be the cheapest way, although I'm sure that there are plenty of potential crew who would be happy to split the costs.

Going by road isn't going to be exactly cheap either I suspect -- it will be interesting to see what prices people come up with.

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...'course taking the trailer with you as well ('cause you might need the trailer in Inverness too) by sea 'll be a whole lotta fun
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I need some advice on transporting a rib from Weymouth to Inverness. Does anyone know of a company that will tow a rib on a trailer or put the whole thing on the back of a flat bed truck ??

The rib is 9.5m long and is a big lump and sits on its own road worthy trailer, and will need to be towed by a very capable 4x4 or truck. The schedule is pretty open and can fit around a companys' timetable availability etc

I am looking for quotes, contact names etc. I already have one in from P Lemmer.
Any help would be appreciated
Steve
Contact the Road Haulage Assoc. (www.rha.net) with size etc and they will put out an e-mail to all their members looking for a "back load". The more notice you give them the cheaper it will be. I have done this a number of times to get machinery moved back up from down south.
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Old 23 September 2004, 12:04   #13
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Join the RAC or AA. Make sure trailer cover is included, then "breakdown" half a mile out of Weymouth..
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Old 23 September 2004, 12:20   #14
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Join the RAC or AA. Make sure trailer cover is included, then "breakdown" half a mile out of Weymouth..
Excellent.....I like your SOH.

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Old 23 September 2004, 16:19   #15
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qualified transport

Dave Faulkner (A J Transport) is a dedicated RIB haulier. He undertakes all of our transport for 10 &11m boats around the UK and Europe.

He also does all of Yamaha and others work.

100%, very experienced and with/without trailers.

He will be shipping one of our boats shortly down your way and could look at a part return load.

For his number call my office on 01437 721 911 and ask for. his number.

We looked at sea and own transport and at the end of the day it does not stack.

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Try Nigel at Trailers & Transport 02380 33311102 or 07748323711 he quoted me around £1000 for bringing me my 8.5m Cobra Diesel rib back from Mallorca. In the end I decided to tow it back myself - no problem at all - a delightful trip! I used my new Discovery which was just incredible. We did Barcelona to Santander in a day whilst the outside temperature was 38 degrees centigrade, the Landrover performed faultlessly.

I rather think though that you will be getting near to the weight limit at 9.5m. It might also be worth checking just what size you are allowed to tow. Using a Discovery or similar the overall train length will be in excess of 15 metres! It's not a problem towing-wise until you take a wrong turning and end up in a narrow one-way street as we did near Barcelona........

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Try Nigel at Trailers & Transport 02380 33311102 or 07748323711 he quoted me around £1000 for bringing me my 8.5m Cobra Diesel rib back from Mallorca. In the end I decided to tow it back myself - no problem at all - a delightful trip! I used my new Discovery which was just incredible. We did Barcelona to Santander in a day whilst the outside temperature was 38 degrees centigrade, the Landrover performed faultlessly.

I rather think though that you will be getting near to the weight limit at 9.5m. It might also be worth checking just what size you are allowed to tow. Using a Discovery or similar the overall train length will be in excess of 15 metres! It's not a problem towing-wise until you take a wrong turning and end up in a narrow one-way street as we did near Barcelona........

Good luck

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Nice to hear someone NOT bashing Land Rovers for a change - from what some people say you should have broken down at least 15 times!!!!
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In a recent study people knocked cars harder if they held pre-conceived higher expectations of them.
A good example is VW v Scoda in effect the same cars, both brake down as much as the other but the VW drivers expected more and are therefore more disappointed.
Having said that Land Rover have in the past had quality problem most of which they have ironed out.
New Disco Is good and if anyone is in the market wait for one of these .
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Old 24 September 2004, 07:06   #19
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In a recent study people knocked cars harder if they held pre-conceived higher expectations of them.
A good example is VW v Scoda in effect the same cars, both brake down as much as the other but the VW drivers expected more and are therefore more disappointed.
Having said that Land Rover have in the past had quality problem most of which they have ironed out.
New Disco Is good and if anyone is in the market wait for one of these .
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That is a very good point - years ago the JD Power surveys used to find that Skoda and Lada owners were happier with their cars than Rolls Royce and Aston Martin owners! And i am talking of the days when Skodas were NOTHING like what they are now!!!
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Cheers for the help guys

I did think about the RAC/AA option but just not necky enough. And yes bringing her up via sea is a nice idea and would be a great trip but the most expensive option. And yes i would do it myself rather than pay someone else for the pleasure.

I will chase up the leads posted and let you know the best deal found.

Planning to keep the rib at Findhorn on the Moray coast approx 30miles east of Inverness, the best option now that i am in Aberdeen. Approx £700 to keep her their for a year on the hard. They then launch and recover with jet wash and engine flush at £40 per weekend. Cruising grounds will be a break from the Channel Islands and after going over the charts of the West coast i am really excited about the move.
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