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Boat shipping from California to Washington

I am looking at a 1968 islander 32' full keel sailboat in san francisco, 10000 lbs, 10 ft. beam, 4'6" draft. I would be shipping it 600 miles to olympia, Washington Via truck/trailer

I was wondering if anybody has any experience shipping anything like this, I have requested some quotes online but don't want to wait.
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Don't use Boathaul.com

I went through Boathaul.com two years ago and had a very bad experience. Twenty seven days to make a transit they said would take seven. The actual hauler was A1 Boat Transport (same as 360boattransport.com). Terrible service, and belligerent driver. I guess that is what you get when you go with the low bid.
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Dont do it ..Sail it up...

I have posted all my nightmares elsewhere..so suffice to say I will never truck another boat if there is a water route around...
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That is puzzling? Why ship over land when you have a great stretch of ocean going from S.F. to Washingtion. Why?
You are getting a boat to go adventuring. What a great adventure it would be to sail the boat to its new homeport.
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If the boat passed survey, and is a well-founded boat, and you have the skills and time... I don't see why you're not taking full advantage of this.... and sailing her back to Olympia. IIRC, the winds are generally in your favor.

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From Strangeflow's comment of "I don't want to wait", it looks like he's interested in bringing the boat up here now, or at least very soon. SF to Washington this time of year would be a cold, wet, miserable slog against prevailing currents. Figure on at least a couple of weeks, most likely including time spent in harbor waiting for a weather window. Of course, you may end up waiting offshore for a window to even cross some of the bars into harbor on the Oregon coast. But it would be great adventure, that's for sure! And good reading for the rest of us...

I had a neighbor many years ago who was a boat hauler for one of the companies on the west coast (I believe it was Norgard). He would just shake his head at all the things that would go wrong - schedules, broken boats and parts, etc. He said it really helps, though it annoys most drivers, when you follow the boat in your own car from haulout to splashing.

From everything I have heard/read, when hauling a boat that far, your chances of everything going fine and according to plan or having something go wrong are probably 50/50.


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Check out BoatUs.com - they have a list of haulers that have positive relations. Be very wary of using moving sites for transporting or bidding sites. Better yet, contact the boatyard you currently have the boat at, they will recommend the haulers that they have come in all the time and give you good references (its how I got the one to move my boat was from their recommendation). If a recommended hauler can't do it - ask for their referral as the group is pretty tight knit and they have no problems with referrals...

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Admiral Boat Transport
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Well known boat transport company in the Pacific Northwest. Call them to get a quote for the SF to Olympia journey.

Good luck.
BTW : I would also sail your Islander up to Olympia with a small crew. The sailing would be just fine. You would not cross any bars unless you chose moorage in Astoria, OR.
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Re: Boat shipping from California to Washington

Good luck from my side too.
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