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Boat transporation costs?

Anyone have any idea (estimate) of boat transportation costs by truck? Is this a realistic option to move a boat or is the expense too great (for someone with a limited budget)?

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How far and how big?
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Some quick examples

Portland - Blaine WA - 34 footer - around $2K US
Alameda CA - Blaine WA - 33 footer - around $2500 US
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It is tough to really estimate your question without knowing the size of the boat, where it is going to and from, etc. However, I will give you some real life examples:

I had one of my boats shipped from the North Texas area to South Florida (Fort Myers). THis was a 38 foot sailboat, 12.5 beam or so. The cost in 1999 was about 3000. To ship a 40 foot sailboat about three months ago, same location to and from, was about 5-7,000.

THere is a lot more to the cost than just the miles. Different states have different regs on what is considered a wide load, what needs an escort, how many miles and what miles they can travel, etc. Florida is one of the most restrictive.

If you are looking at moving a boat with a beam over about 13 feet, it may end up being cheaper to send it via Docktransport or on its own feet. I had an offer down on a Nordhavn a couple of years ago. The beam and displacement puts it over what can be trucked. It was 46 feet long and I think the beam is 15.5-16feet. THe displacement is about 60-80000 lbs, as I recall. Dockwise wanted 28k-35k to ship it from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale. You can get those numbers down some if you are flexible with your timing (they give you a 2 week notice and you are there) and if you pay in advance... but it is not going to be a huge difference. I estimated the cost of taking it through the canal and making that run myself at about $20,000 - $25,0000... thus dockwise really was not that much more money.

Hope that helps. I might be able to come up with a few of the transports I have used in the past if you want to call them. I have had good luck with them.

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It depends...what kind of boat, what kind of distance, what kind of time frame. If you're really curious, call or write brownell systems, as they move a lot of boats.
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Thanks all. You've answered my question. The costs would be half to a quarter of the boats value, and I'm not willing to pay that much.
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