We are a small family run business, which currently employs five people. Geoff started transporting boats 34 years ago using a 7.5tonne vehicle and various trailers. Nowadays although we have “bigger trucks and trailers”, we are determined not to grow into a large 24/7 style corporation.
The five of us (Gillie my wife, John, Derek, Lee and Geoff), always aim to be professional in our dealings with customers, and the work that we undertake. Whatever it is we are doing, it will be done to a high standard, and I like to think we have a good rapport with the Sales Guys, and the Marina staff, as well.
Being a small Company, we hope you can appreciate both the friendliness and good communication we afford to all customers. We believe the success of our business can largely be attributed to our honest dealings with everyone! We won’t do “cash deals”, and we will often go the extra mile to ensure, you the client, gets the best value for money.
My main role at Boat Transport Ltd, is to communicate with the customers. I will normal answer the phone, your questions, and provide you with a written quotation. I arrange the diary as well, and on average I drive one of the trucks at least 3.3 days a week.
When I am not thinking about work, I am either with the family, or out and about in my classic car, I consider myself extremely fortunate to live next to the New Forest and the Coast; and it is here at the weekends, I can relax, and enjoy the calm.
My wife and I are both Christians, and we believe in all our dealings with people, that we should be honest and clear. A little faith is often needed when the plans are being frustrated !
Although I don’t actually own a boat, I have my Day Skipper and Yacht Master Theory certificates. I think boating is the best thing to do on a sunny day, and whenever I get the opportunity to either sail or cruise, I grab it with both hands !
Working in a small team is fun and sometimes a challenge because every day is different. My role is the person behind the scenes keeping all the paperwork flowing, whether that means doing the Sage accounts, paying suppliers, checking on our driver tachograph hours, sorting out the technology, updating the website or speaking to you our client to arrange payments.
I also dabble with dinghy sailing, enjoy going off in our touring caravan (I have an HGV license too so don’t need a husband to help me tow it), keeping fit and looking after our two lovely daughters (one of which loves to go in the truck with Geoff in the holidays). Life is full but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I have been transporting boats for the last 10 years and have been to some very interesting places and marinas. The most challenging boat I have ever moved was a Squadron 60.
Before moving boats I worked in the transport of mobile homes and in the family haulage company delivering across mainland Europe.
I also enjoy being part of the small team here. We all get on well and manage to have some fun along the way. People tell me I have a wicked sense of humour but I do take what I do very seriously and I will be happy to help you in any way I can.
I enjoy spending my spare time relaxing with my family and doing diy around the house (well shall I say I do diy but not sure I enjoy it!).
I am delighted to become the newest member of the team here at Boat Transport Ltd, joining in Feb ’18. I hope to be here for years to come and have lots of experience of transporting boats in many European countries.
My boat transporting days began over 20 years ago now working for a company as a wide load escort driver. I gained valuable experience learning many special routes for wide and high loads whilst escorting through European countries.
A while later I also started transporting boats. I worked with one particular company for many years and regularly transported a Princess V72 across the city of Plymouth (not something everyone gets to do) and even a Princess Flybridge 85 at the London Boat Show.
There is one hobby that I love and that is restoring and sailing my own 36’ Morgan Giles Monaco classic wooden launch. It’s a beautiful boat and I enjoy spending time at weekends on her. I think being a boat owner/lover has to be a benefit because I will ensure that I take care of your boat just like it was my own!