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Re: Shipping a boat Pro/Con
Distance should make a considerable difference to the final cost.. Add to that at least $1K at either end for hauling, de-rigging and re-rigging. Thoroughly check out the carrier/boat mover. Avoid anyone planning to do this with a dually pickup truck. Get references.
Together with your flights back and forth this may not be least expensive way to buy a boat, but it will widen the selection pool.
A good boat mover will not cause any undue wear or damage to the boat, and it will be easier on the boat than sailing it around even if that was practical (unless it's a short/easy passage) For example we're in BC.. if I found a boat anywhere in Puget Sound or even Panhandle Alaska I'd sail it home... Oregon and Cali it would go on a truck.
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