Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Gig Harbor, WA
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Bluewatergirl, Sailing the boat north would be a great experience. If you really have the time and inclination to do it, can afford a delivery Captain to go with you, and can afford to make your new boat sea-worthy for the trip, go for it.
However, there is a lot to consider. The Oregon and Washington coast can be really nasty in bad weather. The problem is that if the weather is really bad, many of the ports on the coast can be impossible or too dangerous to enter. Given this, you need a good weather window.
My $10k estimate for shipping is just a rough guess. If you can yours can decommission the boat, then commission it on this end, you would save a lot of money. OTOH, you can easily get a quote from a local yard in SD as to what the cost would be to decommission the boat, and check with local yards and riggers here to do the commissioning. I could have done it cheaper, but time was a real issue for me and I decided to go with yards and riggers that I had a lot of confidence in. If I spent an extra boat buck in the process, it was worth it to me. You may be able to do it cheaper.
M/V Kinship, North Pacific 43
S/V Legacy, Catalina 400 MkII, Hull #328