Originally Posted by katsailor
yachtrader.com has shipping options, suggest you try one of their shippers.
Better prices in the fall. That's when all the trucks are travelling back empty after hauling a boat south for the winter cruising season.
Have to disagree a little there. When a truck goes one way, it normally has to go back the other way. There is always enough traffic going back and forth and plenty of hungry trucking companies out there.
First, get an idea what it will cost by posting on U-Ship. It does not cost a thing, and let it ride at least a few days if you choose to use one of the shippers and they will bid each other down.
Important things are insurance and bonding. Make sure you get a copy of their insurance certificate. Other things to consider are how much they will help. Some will only drive from yard to yard and putting and securing the load to the trailer is not their responsibility. Figure at least $500 each side to haul and drop the mast. Best if you can do a lot of the prep work yourself (removing radar's, bimini's, dodgers, sails, anything that will blow away.)
There are some truckers who will help on both sides to reduce the yard costs. Also, make sure you are set on both sides with a travel lift. If not, you will need to find a trucker with a Hydraulic trailer.
I prefer to work with owner operators as they have more skin in the game. Not crazy about working with shipping brokers. Thank goodness for U-Ship as we can go around them now.
If you have a dealer or factory close by either side, ask them who they use. Those are great ones to find a reverse trip. If you don't have a set time and flexible, you will get a good deal if there is a backhaul either side. Fuel is the biggest expense.