Re: Need a hand, having issues finding a lift in Kemah
I think part of the lesson here is to also evaluate your shippers. You should have been able to find someone to truck it from Texas to LA for about 5-7 grand flatbed based upon fuel fluctuation costs. You should have also been able to find a shipper with a hydraulic trailer between 8 and 10K – costs are higher with time and equipment. Discuss this with the shipper when you talk to them. Try to deal directly with a shipper and not a broker – there are at least 10 brokers for every shipper. If you are coming out of the water, you have the added expense or need to take the time to prepare the boat. Pull the mast down and remove anything you want to keep (wind, radar, lines, canvas, etc..). If you are really flexible on your dates, find a shipper that travels back and forth a lot along your route. Check the insurance certificates and policy for your shipper and make sure they are covered – OK to use a small one-truck shipper, as long as he is insured well, also let your insurance company know. Take hundreds of pictures prior to it leaving with the final one on the trailer. Use a current newspaper in some of the shots to absolute when the picture was taken. Put your job up on ubid to get an idea of how much, with the EXACT weight and dimensions as well as requirements at the yard on both ends. Remember, they may be higher on ubid b/c of the fees they pay to ubid. Hydraulic between Texas and CA is not as common as it is North and East as many of these boats come out for the winter to be stored far inland or not uncommon at home, but you should have been able to find one. Most important thing is you have the boat you want and it is now moved to where you want it, and that makes it all worth it in the long run.