Old as Dirt!
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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Be very careful about uShip (Dot) comm. BoatUS just had an article in its monthly news letter about that service. Evidently uShp is nothing but a broker and does not confirm the qualifications, licensing or insurance of any of the company's that pay for its referral services and there seems to have been quite a few problems.
As for the mast, many years ago I had to have a mast shipped from Sparcraft in the Seattle Area to the San Francisco Bay area. They couldn't seem to find anyone so I went up to Seattle myself, drove over to the local truck stop near SeaTac and started asking drivers if anyone going to the SF Bay area might have an interest in carrying a mast tied down on the top of their trailer. As I recall, it took about two hours to find someone to do so, for $200. Monday AM the fellow showed up at Sparcraft and they tied the mast down on his trailer and by Tuesday evening Richmond Boat Works was unloading the thing, none the worse for wear (or where), in Richmond Ca.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."