Canal Boat Crane Services

Expert Crane Services for Canal Boats 2018-07-15T06:00:42+00:00

Our C110 NCK Rapier Eiger crawler crane is fully insured and certified to lift a maximum of 70 tons, allowing us to lift any canal boat on the system. This, along with the necessary road access, enables us to accommodate full length (70ft) and full width (14ft) boats, making us the largest crane closest to London for canal boat cranage. Whether you require your new wide beam boat lifting off a lorry into the water as close to London as possible (or vice versa), or need an old engine gently removing and a new one putting in it’s place, our expert cranage services will be able to accommodate your needs.

We also have a fully certified 2 ton forklift that is used for smaller lifting operations. Please see our price list or contact us regarding any questions you may have regarding our craneage services.

Lifting a London Waterbus back into the water after hard standing

Normal craneage services include:

  • From road transport into the water (road to water) – our most common craneage operation

  • Water to road transport (water to road)

  • Water to hard standing and visa versa (water to hard/hard to water), i.e. hull blacking, hull repair etc.

  • Single lifts, e.g. light loads such as engines

The crane itself is inspected annually for insurance purposes and is also given a thorough examination by an independent NCK expert at the end of every year. All the lifting gear that we use is inspected every six months to ensure everything is in safe working condition which allows all aspects of every lifting operation to be fully insured.

Tom has over 10 years experience operating NCK cranes and has been duly assessed and certified. Ralph is also certified to carry out ground work and signalling during lifting operations.

Crane Prices (inc. VAT)

Narrow Beam (up to 7ft)

Road to Water / Water to Road

£420per lift
  • Cranage of a narrow beam vessel off of road transport and into the water.
  • (or vice versa)

Water to Hard / Hard to Water

£230per lift
  • Cranage of a narrow beam vessel out of the water onto hard standing.
  • (or vice versa)

Wide Beam (over 7ft)

Road to Water / Water to Road (under 60' x 10')

£9per foot
  • Cranage of a wide beam vessel off of road transport and into the water.
  • (or vice versa)

Road to Water / Water to Road (60' x 10' & over)

£1650per foot
  • Cranage of a wide beam vessel off of road transport and into the water.
  • (or vice versa)

Water to Hard / Hard to Water

£310per lift
  • Cranage of a wide beam vessel out of the water onto hard standing.
  • (or vice versa)

Information for Road Transport

If you’re arranging the transport for your boat please make sure your transport company is aware of the following:

  • Boats coming in by road are not allowed into the marina before 08:30. Transport is not allowed to wait outside the gates for them to open. This will block the main road into Watford. Please make sure your transport company is aware of this.
  • Boats coming in by road are not allowed into the marina after 16:00. Please make sure your transport company is aware of this.
  • Low-loader trailers can bottom out on the gradient at the entrance of the yard so please make sure to ask your haulier to use a trombone or a flat bed trailer. We can not accommodate low-loader trailers.
P&S Marine Crane - Low Loader 2
P&S Marine Crane - Low Loader with little clearance
P&S Marine Crane - Flat Bed 2
P&S Marine Crane - Flat Bed 2

Some low loader trailers are very close to being unable to make the graident entering the yard. Others with a heavy load haven’t been able to make it at all.

Flat bed and trumbone trailers have plently of clearance.

  • If your boat is coming in, or going away by road, your haulier must provide wooden sleepers for the boat to sit on when it is on the trailer. Sleepers must be at least 5 inches (127mm) high in order for our webbing lifting bonds to be inserted and removed easily.
P&S Marine Crane - plenty of room to allow our webbing slings to be inserted easily
P&S Marine Crane - Webbing slings being pulled through and fed in on the other side
P&S Marine Crane - Webbing sling in position
  • We highly recommend asking your transport company to use a trailer with rear wheel steering if your boat is a full length as the turning off/onto the A412 is quite tight.
A water to road making the turn onto the A412
P&S Marine Crane - Turning onto the A412
P&S Marine Crane - Turning onto the A412

 The turning can be made by using the whole road including the kerb on the central reservation.

Wharf Usage

We allow lorries to carry out lifts using their own hiabs. Please

contact us

to discuss wharf usage.

P&S Marine Crane - Hiab: hiab being used to lift a small narrow boat
P&S Marine Crane - Hiab: hiab being used to lift a small fibreglass boat