Re: Costs of trucking a boat??
Back in 2006 I used an outfit named MacDonald in south Florida to haul my Moody 38 (38 loa; 12.6 wide; 18k lbs) from Holland, MI, to Deltaville, VA. In making the arrangements, the nice lady at MacDonald told me that if I could be patient, I would save a lot in letting her schedule the haul. She would have the boat brought back to the east coast in connection with her truck and driver taking something out to the mid-west. If I needed the boat now, I would basically have to pay the full fare out and back, whereas shipping the boat back in connection with something going out west would cut the cost close to half because the truck would be generating revenue heading to the mid-west. That was fine with me. The cost for the transport was right at $2600. Cost to have the boat prepared (mostly wrapping the mast) for shipment and loaded and the same at the receiving end cost more than the transport. I was not in a position to do any of the work myself . I could not write the check to MacDonald fast enough when they quoted $2600.
Within three or four weeks of talking to MacDonald, the lady called me to say they would pick the boat up in 3-4 days. I notified both yards and marinas. The transport driver or MacDonald called me daily after the pickup just to say all was going fine. Took three days. No problems; no damage, no nothing.
I recommend MacDonald. I could hardly have gotten the boat from Holland, MI, to NYC for that price, let alone to VA.