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Question Boat Transport

Looking for some input from folks who have recently paid to have a sailboat moved overland to or from the Pacific Northwest. Size of your boat? To and from where? Cost for the move itself? Cost to decommission and recommission the boat? Hidden costs and/or pitfalls?

I'll be using your input to determine just how wide I can cast my net when it comes time to go shopping. Ballpark figures are fine, as long as they are based on actual (and fairly recent) experiences.

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Re: Boat Transport

Trucking boats is pretty commonplace, esp up to the mid 30s/40 foot range. Smaller is less complicated. Not sure anymore what costs might be but there are plenty of on-line estimators available for that.

Some ball park figures in our experience: $2500-3000 from California to Northern WA (Blaine) with perhaps a premium on that if you want the boat across the border yourself. Just from Tacoma to Blaine trucking was $1500 with an avg $1K either end for rigging and hauling work. This might depend on the yard and how much you do yourself.

For towing the 'cheap' routes require max beam of 12 feet and max overall height 12 feet also. After that you're into pilot vehicles and more circuitous routes due to low overpasses perhaps.

We see lots of boats from the East Coast here so trucking cross-continent is common. Alaska is a lot of extra distance but compared to the cost and time required to sail the boat all the way there might make it attractive still... the in and out costs don't change much.

Another thought... doing the math you'll realize that Galveston is half the distance from the PNW than Miami.. gives you an idea of scale..
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Re: Boat Transport

What I'm looking for is a rough order of magnitude for the cost of bringing a boat from the east coast to the PNW - i.e., The Puget Sound, vice Alaska. If I go this route, it will be after we retire and a Washington State delivery would work fine for us. No intention of trucking a boat up the ALCAN!
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Re: Boat Transport

Last winter my son had his Bayfield 36 trucked to Anacortes from Oriental, NC. $10,000. It was on the hard, mast off, in NC so there was minimal expense on that end and I think it was around $6-800 for the travelift and crane at this end, we did everything else ourselves. 41'LOA, 12' beam, app. 18,000lbs.
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Re: Boat Transport

Talked to a guy recently who had a forty footer trucked out to Seattle from up-state New York; he said it ran about $15,000.
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Re: Boat Transport

Thanks all for the input. Those ball-park numbers give me some idea as to what I can reasonably expect. Thanks again.
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Re: Boat Transport

Buddy of mine had his Kelly Peterson shipped from Hawaii to North Carolina in 07. Total for shipping was $21,000 (that was going space-A so it took a while but was a bit cheaper).

Expect about $1000 on each side for decommissioning/recommissioning for a boat in the mid 30's.
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Re: Boat Transport

I am considering to have my C &C 30 shipped from NC to WA and I have quotes from 8-9k but just wondering if anyone could recommend a company.
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Re: Boat Transport

We had a terrible experience with Able Boat Transport. Jeff Helman contracted to ship our yacht from Florida to California so we deposited money (about $5k) in his account last week. He hasn't picked up our boat as promised, nor will he return our calls/emails.
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Re: Boat Transport

I know a lot of people use Sky Services, Inc. around the PNW. They have a great reputation and you can get a quote at there website. skyservicesinc.com
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