Nick Sampson Mechanical Engineering
We at ‘Nick Sampson’ are offering a range of services such as: Mechanical Engineering, Haulage, Crane Hire, Truck and Plant Repair & Welding, but our speciality is boat transportation. We first established in 1987, where we first started as an ‘one-man-in-a-van’ sort of business where founder Nick Sampson traveled across mainly North Devon repairing plant and commercial vehicles for local transport and plant hire companies. Then over the years the business grew into a 30 strong multi-discipline team of dedicated staff. We are now proud to be now operating from two sites in Barnstaple, where with our extensive facilities, we are able to accommodate for commercial vehicle and plant repairs, welding and fabrications, a machine shop, and for heavy haulage including Hiab cranes and mobile cranes.


  • Crane Fitting Specialists
  • Mechanical Repairs
  • Plant & Commercial Repairs
  • Machinery Moving & Transport
  • Crane Hire
  • Structural & Mechanical Coded Welding
  • Plant Hire
  • Full Workshop Facilities

If you have a boat that needs shifting to a new location then you should look no further than us. We are able to lift your boat from its current location onto our fleet and then transport it for you to any destination across the UK and Europe. It doesn’t matter what sized boat you have, we have the facilities to move it with our great mobile crane, which can lift up to 70 tonnes. We have all the facilities and equipment to lift your boat too such as: spreader beams, mats and trackway, and a boat cradle and also pallet forks, block grabs, rubbish steps and other specialist lifting equipment. So no matter what size or type of boat you have – we can move it!

We are one of the South West’s most respected and reliable firms within this trade and our highly skilled workforce are fully trained and can be trusted to transport your vehicle. We guarantee your boat will arrive at its journeys end in the same perfect condition we picked it up in – there’s no safer hands than ours! Our reputation reflects just that our clients say they would highly recommend us to other fellow boat owners as they couldn’t be happier with the services they received. Most of our business comes from repeat clients and personal recommendations. We always try to invest our profits into new technology to improve our services to ensure maximum customer satisfaction.

Please do not hesitate to get in contact with us for further information on any of our services – we would love to hear from you! Or you can visit our social media page to hear about our latest jobs, news and deals.