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Railroad flatcars apparently stop at 8'6" max width, so even using a flatcar instead of a cargo cube, larger boats would be too fat. Then, there are two additional crane hoists to pay for, loading it on and off the railroad in addition to the end points. And, two trucking operations, one at each end.
Don, as others have noted your price will depend on whether the boat is oversize (length or width or both) and also on how tight your schedule is. If you call a shipper and say "Anytime in the month of..." you may get 1/4 to 1/3 discount compared to a quote asking for a specific weekend. That's because sometimes they can use your boat to fill a deadhead run. Time of year, destination, lots of variables. If you ask the shipper " Is there any way I can get it there for less?" they may be able to make you an offer. It never hurts to ask.
Sailing it around, in terms of time, insurance, crew fees, Panama Canal fees (expect a minimum of $1000 and possibly double that)...nice trip but if it was a money saver, there'd be a lot less boats on the highway.