Transport - Boat Haulage Jargon
French for abnormal load, this sign must be displayed at the front and rear of any wide load in France, and on
the pilot car too.
We always use mud guards because a motor boat will sit very close to the tyres on trailer (about 3 - 6 inch)
ours are made from 4mm steel, they provide a lot more protection from a tyre blow out, and stone chips (most people
just use plastic, some non at all)
Documents from government agencies that dictate our routes, permitted driving speeds and what equipment we must
fit, "convoi exceptionnel" or "wide load" signs, beacons, red & white load projection marker boards and marker
lights. different permits are required for each country, and can take 3 days to 4 weeks to obtain, depending on the
country (i.e. Holland or Spain)
To warn on coming traffic, survey routes, measure bridge heights and assist in every aspect of wide load
transport, including fetching bacon buttys! ours is fitted with 2 rotating beacons, front flashing lights, CB
radio, bridge measuring pole, roof platform, reflective stripes, fridge, heater, cooker and sink.
Some times its required to have one, when moving a very wide boat over 4.5 meter, this then evolves a lot more
planning, and waiting for over stretched police resources to be available.
2" wide webbing strap with 2 tonne braking strain, which is tightened with a ratchet, used to stop the boat
moving around on the trailer and various other tying down jobs.
Is a huge polyethylene sheet draped over the boat then heated to shrink it taught, usually only fitted to new
boats at the factory, but it is possible to get it done by a man in a van. cost depends on size but its usually
£500 -£800 (this one fell off after just 2 hours)
This is fitted to the fuel injector on all European lorries, and restricts the speed to 56 Mph (90 Kph)
Paying some one else to do the job on our behalf.
This is fitted to all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, to record driving hours, mileage, start finish points, and
speeds over a 24 hour period on to a paper disk. so the police can check up on us.
This is used to pull an articulated trailer, also where the driver lives during the duration of the trip. This
one is our newest Mercedes Actros with a 460 horse power V6 and cruise control, air suspension, electro magnetic
A.B.S disk brakes, night heater,
Our trailers have been purpose designed and built to carry any kind of sailing boat, motor boat, fishing boat,
or canal boat. all are fitted with air suspension, for a smooth ride,
Sending a trailer on a ferry on its own, the trailer is left at the dock, then the ferry company will park it on
the ferry, using one of their special tractor units or "tugs", ferry arrives at destination, "tug" parks trailer on
dock side until it is collected
Any load over 2.8 meters wide, 8'6"
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