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Have finally found and bought my boat, a valiant 37. Now I need to get it from Florida (Gulf of Mexico) to Lake Ontario. Anyone have any tips on finding a reputable transport company?
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Can't help on the transport, but congrats on the boats
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Congrats on the boat. If you do a search on boat transport, there have been a dozen or more threads on it.
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If the boat and it's systems are in good shape why not sail/motor it at least part or all the way? Yes, it is hurricane season but it is a relatively straight shot up to NY Harbor and the Hudson River or with quite a bit more motoring you could go up the Mississippi towards the Great Lakes.
If the boat's systems are lacking (engine, life raft, SSB/Satphone...) then you will be shipping it all the way. Does the boat have an Asym spinnaker etc?
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Congrats on the new boat! We used Load a Boat from Hawaii to Seattle and would use them again. Not sure where their main office is, our contact was Larry in San Diego office. I have also heard good things about Dudley Boat transport. Sorry, no links, but I'm sure Google can find them. Good luck with the boat, hope you get it home in time to do some sailing this season.

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You don't mention if you're on the US side or the Canadian side of Lake Ontario I'm in Toronto and have used Van Tuil trucking - they are excellent - not too pricey either. There's also AB

If your daring. have a look at http://www.sailaway.us look at the return trip.

And Congratulations!!

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Oh boy,

Congrats on the boat. However, I hope you have at least priced some transport companies. It's not going to be cheap!

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Oh boy,

Congrats on the boat. However, I hope you have at least priced some transport companies. It's not going to be cheap!

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Yeah, well, neither is a Valiant 37. So I would assume he can afford it.
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I am in your exact situation, just in reverse. I'm trying to get one from Grand Rapids,MI to Mobile,AL. I setup and account on UShip.com where I had several people bid on my shipment. It works similar to ebay with feedback and such. I'll be meeting my shipper on the 6th and then meeting him again in mobile on the 8th-ish. I'll post again next week on my experience, but at this point, everyone was quite reasonable ranging from 1300 to 1800 and I have had several calls with my shipper, so I don't expect any problems.

My boat is small and on a trailor, so my shipper has a fleet of large pickup trucks to tow with, but there are larger shippers that have flatbeds and such that your boat could be loaded on.
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Have finally found and bought my boat, a valiant 37. Now I need to get it from Florida (Gulf of Mexico) to Lake Ontario. Anyone have any tips on finding a reputable transport company?
Congrats! I see you went with the V37 over the PSC37. Back when you were comparing, I seem to recall your wife preferred the extra volume of the V37?

We once shipped a boat and got a lower rate by being flexible on timing and catching a truck that otherwise would have driven back empty. Unfortunately, the company we used is no longer in business, but I would think that some flexibility might get you a better rate.

Plus, fuel prices are dropping fast!! (My previous fill-up was at US$4.29/gallon/unleaded gasoline. This past weekend, three weeks later, it was $3.69. Diesel should be coming down too).
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