Boat moves within France and Spain
The loads are classified by size. A 'normal' load is up to the standard width of a trailer (2.5mtrs wide and no more than 4mtrs high).
Boats from 2.5m up to 3m wide are classed as Category 1.
These loads require a special permit and can only use certain roads. Some motorways can be used, but only within certain times and some junctions may be prohibited due to narrow toll booths. Maximum loaded height of 4.5m if auto routes are used.
Loads 3m to 4m wide are classed Category 2.
Cat 2 loads require escort vehicles to travel with them all the time, and are subject to specific routes and times. The vehicle and load cannot travel on any auto routes, and depending on height the route can have hundreds of miles added, to bypass bridges that are too low etc.
For both Cat 1 and Cat 2 loads in France, certain areas will not permit driving at night, whilst there are also a whole host of different 'bans', meaning we cannot transit towns and villages during certain hours. This can add considerable time and mileage to journeys.
The only routes we can use are specified on our permits, and we have a whole itinerary of permits that link up allowing us to make various journeys.
The standard width for a Cat 2 permit in Spain is 4.5m wide, still requiring the full use of a pilot vehicle.
Generally in France and Spain, the bridge heights are lower. This requires the boat or yacht to sit as low as possible on the trailer, and any item that can be removed may need to be removed to allow a safe trip. (Flybridge screens, rails etc)
When filling out the enquiry form it is important that we have as much information and as many dimensions as possible, so we can calculate the correct route, and to enable the paperwork to be filed in order that we can operate on the day without any problems.