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Advice for moving my sailboat from Texas to Virginia

Hello all,

I'm moving my 36' sailboat from Houston Texas to Dahlgren Virginia in February, 2013. I've received several quotes via U-ship for 4,500-5,000. I have never had to ship a boat before so I'm looking for any advice before I dedicate to one of the bidders. Are there any hidden costs that I should anticipate? Any recommendations for boat movers? Has anyone move a similar sized boat with similar pick up and delivery locations that would be willing to share their experiences and how much they paid?

The boat is on private property so I will have to get a crane as well. Does anyone one know what a reasonable price for a crane will be or have any recommendations for a particular crane company?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Re: Advice for moving my sailboat from Texas to Virginia

No experience with long-haul transporters but if they are using a boat transport hydraulic trailer, they should be able to back under the boat without the use of a crane.
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Re: Advice for moving my sailboat from Texas to Virginia

I agree; if the pic shows the boat as it is now, a transport trailer can pick it right up.

I paid about $700 to ship mine 60 miles, but that was mostly the pick up and put down; a longer distance should be a lot less dollars per mile.
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Re: Advice for moving my sailboat from Texas to Virginia

We had our Pearson 422 shipped by truck from Houston to Annapolis. Used Cove Point Marine Transport. Came highly recommended and didn't disappoint. Everything was professionally handles, delivered on time with no damage or other issues. Also kept us informed of progress along the way.

Besides mileage, the bid should also include permits as req'd by various states - and each state has it's own rules about time of day, escorts required and such. The shipper should handle all that for you.

Only thing that wasn't covered was the haulout/load and relaunch/reload. Obviously the remasting and rerigging were post-transport as well. Not sure about the crane rental as we went from marina to marina so lifts were available at both ends.

If you want contact info and pricing, be happy to provide via PM or email.

Good luck with the move.

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Re: Advice for moving my sailboat from Texas to Virginia

you will be nuts to trust U-ship....I have had written quote and phone for two household moves and neither showed up. So if you have a schedule, forget U-ship

you will need a rigger and crane at the pickup...then a shipper to move, and then what ever you need to remove the boat from the trailer once in dahlgren

your best bet would be to contact a reputable boat mover, who may have the rigger and crane on staff or at least access to that talent.

Near dahlrgren, crane charges are not cheap, and access is an issue for many. I had a light weight crane to do some tower work. $100 hr travel portal to portal, and $200 hr working, with a 4 hour minimum. the op was great and patient.

Best of luck. Some yards are not setup to handle an outside crane unless prior arrangements are made, insurance is in line, and $$ change hands
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Re: Advice for moving my sailboat from Texas to Virginia

I paid $5K for Lewis Trucking to transport a PSC 37 from Kemah, Texas to Solomons. You should be also concerned of the people you have decommisioning and then recommissioning at the other end.
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Re: Advice for moving my sailboat from Texas to Virginia

Here is a thread on cf that you might want to read . most all transporters do good work & are reliable, but always cover your butt. Be there for pick up & drop off, and even follow if you have the time.
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Here is a thread on cf that you might want to read . most all transporters do good work & are reliable, but always cover your butt. Be there for pick up & drop off, and even follow if you have the time.
Boat Held Hostage By Marine Transport Company - Cruisers & Sailing Forums
I was about to post to be wary of a man named Dan Steadley.

Get a solid contract, one with performance clauses. Check their DOT numbers, and try to be there when the pickup and drop off happen if at all possible.
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Re: Advice for moving my sailboat from Texas to Virginia

Don't use the guys on the TV show Shipping Wars, lol...

Good luck with the move and cheaper is not always less expensive...
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Re: Advice for moving my sailboat from Texas to Virginia

Why not move it on the water? Is it not sea worthy? I'd like to go on a trip like that, and I would think others too would like to be down south this time of your.

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