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Costs of trucking a boat??

Rather than just look locally, I'm looking all over on Yachtworld for the perfect boat. Problem is, I don't really know if a boat that is far away is a viable option or not.

I've heard shipping quotes ranging from $1-5/mile. A 5x spread? That's not very helpful... I also don't trust the "ship my boat" estimator on yachtworld. They would seem to have a vested interest in making shipping look cheap so that more boats are bought and sold.

Any potential boat would be shipped to near the Seattle area. Anyone know what it would cost to ship something from the SF bay area, San Diego, or Ft Lauderdale FL? I was thinking something that is 25,000lb or so, 13ft wide and 45 feet long.

Any good or bad shipping companies, or wisdom for those who have shipped a boat?

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Re: Costs of trucking a boat??

In 2003 I had a Columbia 43 hauled from SF Bay to Vancouver. It cost $3800 or a little over $4/mile.

I don't know who said $1/mile - private people delivering a small boat they just sold charge that. That wouldn't even cover the fuel for a big truck these days.

Check with Dudley Transport (or Trucking) - they're in Everett IIRC. I used them and they were great - totally recommend them. There's a titling office in Anacortes I used as well who were also great.

From Florida you're going to be well into 5 figures I think.

There are sites on the web where truckers bid on jobs - might be worth checking out to see what they are bidding for similar loads/distance.

Just checked - they moved.

http://www.dudleyboats.com/index.html

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Re: Costs of trucking a boat??

I had my Kaufman 47 shipped from Alameda, CA to New Orleans, LA in Jan. I was quoted for just under 9k to ship it. It was another 3-4k for the marina over there to prep it for shipping. So you are looking at the worst case from Seattle from FL, you may have to figure another grand for the extra distance maybe. I used J Daniel Marine transport, great people to work with and they send you awesome picture updates along the way. Costs of trucking a boat??-uploadfromtaptalk1393887406147.jpg

Dudley transport was close in price too, but the schedule didn't work out. Buy they were good people as well.

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Re: Costs of trucking a boat??

There a many costs involved with trucking a boat, beyond a simple mileage charge. Permits, tolls, chase vehicles, etc. They all depend on the size of the boat and the roads to be traveled. Then add all deck prep work, along with stepping the mast and retuning the rig. The bigger boats may need there keel dropped too. It adds up.


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Re: Costs of trucking a boat??

Every transport is different. Some boats are going to be more or less than others and it depends on how much you want/can do yourself on both sides to decommission and recommission the boat on the other end. Beam, height and weight are the biggest considerations. US Boat Haulers is the best I have used and can do as little or as much as you need. Welcome to US Boat Haulers

uship is a great place to get an idea of how much it will be to ship your particular boat, but keep in mind that some of the quotes may come from brokers and not the actual shippers. I do recommend that you work directly with a shipper instead of a broker.
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I'm going to echo the comments about $1/mile being impossible. That will cover the driver or the fuel, but not both. After fixed costs, profit, etc. you are probably looking at something closer to $5/mile.
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Find a hauler that you are comfortable with. Call the big marinas in the areas you are considering and get their opinion! They know who the bad ones are.
I shipped from Palm Beach to NY. Can't remember the shipper; they were TOTAL idiots. The truck driver had no idea how to ship a boat. 350 lbs, could'nt climb a ladder. His assistant knew a little. I litterally packed it on the trailer. 4 of us carried the mast onto the trailer. The guys in the marina were pissed. What was i to do? all ready had the boat out and taken apart. Money committed. The boat showed in one piece with no issues except covered in diesel soot and some scuffs on the bottom from the pads.

I packed and unpacked, unstepped and stepped it. $8k ($5.70 a mile) for the trip. Costs extra coming into NY as they need an escort vehicle. They also had restrictions on what time they could drive thru cities and night time travel. Cost another $1k for picking/placing on trailer/stepping/unstepping mast. Crackerboy Boat works were champs during the whole thing.
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Re: Costs of trucking a boat??

My son had his Bayfield 36 (LOA 41', beam 12', app. 20,000 lbs) shipped from NC to Anacortes, WA about a year ago, I think it was around $11-12K just for trucking. He got a lot of quotes from Uship that were cheaper but it turned out that most of them were planning to haul it with a 1-ton pickup truck. He decided to use Dudley on my recommendation because I know the owner, but it didn't turn out very well. Apparently Dudley is basically out of the business (or maybe he sold it) and they turned the job over to another company. There was some serious damage to the hull because it was loaded incorrectly and no one would stand behind it (Dudley flat out said they didn't ship it so they weren't liable even though they were the company my son contracted with). Had to eat the repair bill after a lot of hassle. I wouldn't recommend Dudley, unless under new management.

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Re: Costs of trucking a boat??

That's a shame, both for your son as well as the news - they were great to me - a seamless experience at a good price.

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Does it seem to you that companies that change hands seldom, if ever, improve, only deteriorate?

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Re: Costs of trucking a boat??

If you're on the east coast, especially in the northeast, try NJ Boat Hauler, All Aboard Marine Transport, Home Page. I used them and was very pleased. Good prices, the guy had moved a LOT of sailboats before, and he was an amazing driver. I still can't believe he got his truck into the lot where the boat was, and that he was able to get my boat out without hitting anything. Really impressive!

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