I will be in a position to publish a provisional schedule next week.
I realise everyone would wish to load on their doorstep, but a decision as to where will have to be made. I guess if we have a concerntration of boats in an area of the country then that may sway it, if it comes down to costs then the shippers yard would be an option.
Cost information is coming in now from Peters & May.
As mentioned the ocean transit for export is around 9 days. At the moment the outbound vessels depart Liverpool every Tuesday meaning we would have to load the container the Friday before and get on quay by close of play Friday for export. Once arrived into Montreal you will need to allow approx 4/5 working days for customs clearance and delivery to destination.
For the return of containers the vessels depart Montreal every Sunday with a transit of 7 days back to Liverpool. This means we would have to load and have containers on quay ready for shipping by the Wednesday before. On arrival in Liverpool you will then need to allow approx 3 / 4 days for import customs clearance and delivery.
This is based on a 40ft high cube container that can hold 8 if not 9 Albs, with trolleys & rigs.
Yes - when we took the container to the USA in 2007 I believe 6 weeks was allowed. The US customs chose our container for a random thorough inspection and it only just got there in time.
I would allow 7 weeks to be safe.
I would like to send my boat but will not know for sure for some time yet. If the container is filled in the meantime then so be it.