Courtney the Dancer
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
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I had quotes for shipping a 36' (41' LOA) from NC to Seattle of 8-10K.
Prep can be a lot of time and work to do it properly, 600 miles is relatively short and this time of year you don't need to worry about snow, ice, grit, etc. so that is a plus. We wrapped everything that could move in the boat with bubble wrap and secured it well. We took all the standing rigging off the mast and secured it to a pallet and completely wrapped it with that stretchy shipping plastic (some recommend removing the running rigging too but we just secured it to the mast with shipping tape). The mast should be totally wrapped in bubble wrap and then the stretchy plastic and where it is supported on the side of the trailer you should use carpet remnants (our trucker had the carpet) to protect it. We wrapped all the winches with plastic and secured with duct tape. Anywhere that the straps they use to secure the boat to the trailer should be protected and padded. Everything came through just fine but I have heard horror stories about people that left it to the boat yard to prep their boats.
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