Damage on the hull of a sailing boat


The sailing boat was being transported from the Atlantic coast to the South of France on an extra-long trailer, to be delivered to a reseller before delivery to the end customer.

During transportation, on a minor road between Carnon and La Grande Motte (Hérault), the lorry passed under a bridge lower than the height of the load.

Following the collision, a lot of damage was discovered around the dead-works: the roof, the cockpit, the cockpit table, and the rear balcony.


We immediately travelled to the site of the incident to ascertain the facts and inspect the bridge that caused the damage.

We found that:

  • The load could have avoided the obstacle by taking the exit a few metres before it.
  • There was, however, no sign stating the height of the bridge.
  • The haulier was not provided with the total height of the load.

We then inspected the damage to the boat.

With regard to the financial aspect of the claim, we have looked at different scenarios:

  • Scenario 1: a write-off, minus the scrap value of the boat sold in its current condition
  • Scenario 2: feasibility study of the cost of repair.

The parties finally decided on the first option, and we are playing an active role in seeking a buyer.