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Shipping a 41ft boat on land is right on the bubble of being too long or too wide or too tall for shipping without special permits or escort vehicles. That may be why you are getting such varied feedback. A real professional outfit should quote it correctly in the first place. However, from my own experience, ground shipping can be a real hassle. Just coordinating all the different required labor can be frustrating. If you are a type A scheduler, I would avoid the experience. You will also wait and wait and wait to actually get your new baby on the water to sail her as you dreamed.
I like the idea of hiring a pro and doing the delivery yourself, however, one professional crew member is not going to comfortably allow you to press on 24/7. IMO, you will need two for that. If you hire a well experience Captain, they often have a mate with less experience and substantially less cost to bring along. If you have the time to stop in port often, then one pro will do.
If I wanted to get her home to sail, I would hire a crew to sail her home 24/7 and I may go along as an observer, more than participant. This way the boat is capable of moving at all times and you will still learn quite a bit along the way. The adventure would be fun, so if you want to make that your summer sailing, then do it with less crew and expect it to take longer.
Another consideration of a paid crew, is that a professional worth hiring is going to have standards for how the boat is equipped to be offshore: lifesaving equipment, redundant nav and comm, provisions, tools, spares, etc. They may bring their own, but these can add up if you don't think you need them when you get home. Some lifesaving equip can be rented.
Final thought, regardless of the mode of transportation, you should mentally prepare for the journey to take twice as long as any estimate. Weather and mechanical issues can and do slow down a passage on her bottom. Coordinating yard work at both ends and delivery trucks over land is both very frustrating and will often be delayed.
No absolute rights or wrongs here, its all feedback to help you make your decision. If you only want the least expensive option, that's the really hard question.
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