Good Grief, there is some dubious information here.
Trucking a small to medium sized boat is not all that big a deal. They can often load several boats on your one leg and pick up a delivery the other way cutting the costs of dead-heading. It is amazing how much that drops the price.
I shipped a 38 footer from Maine to Annapolis, on a hydraulic trailer (which is generally more expensive than shipping on a fixed low-boy) which is roughly the same distance as the southern Chesapeake to Savannah. The quoted cost was roughly $2,200 for the pick up and hauling and which came down by nearly a third when I agreed to wait a week so they could piggy back with a boat going part way back to Maine. I have no idea where the $7K cost quoted above came from.
Just a couple years ago, it cost me $150 to have a yard pull my mast, which makes $295 from a sign company seem like a very expensive price from a sign company which would seem like a higher risk proposition.
Chesapeake to Savannah in a high drag 30 footer, really pushing it on the ICW is roughly 10-12 days. At $350 per day for a delivery captain, plus $450 in fuel, plus wear and tear on the engine and boat, plus dockage, I cannot see how hiring a skipper for a delivery makes any sense. Going north in spring, where you can jump offshore and make the trip in 5-6 days would save some serious time and money. But this time of year, waiting for a northerly to thrash your way south in a 30 foot coastal cruiser does not seem like a great plan although it could be a fun ride if the boat were equipped for it and all went perfectly.
So unless you have the desire and time to deliver the boat south yourself, then trucking would probably make more sense.
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Last edited by Jeff_H; 09-27-2010 at 04:42 PM.