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09-23-2010 03:04 PM
drgamble Hah! I've always enjoyed a good chuckle sitting on the sidelines reading a revival of an old dead post; looks like I'm now a part of the entertainment!

Only Scampi can provide the "where are they now" rendition...
09-23-2010 02:54 PM
bobmcgov Early 2004. One suspects the Scampi has scampered.
09-23-2010 02:15 PM
Barquito This probably doesn't sound like a very attractive option, but:

Sell the boat in Chicago.

Buy another boat on the coast.

Now you just have to transport the money from Chicago in a brown paper bag.
09-23-2010 11:36 AM
drgamble I just shipped my boat with very similar dimensions as yours and used uShip. I was very satisfied with the process. If you do use uShip I would recommend upgrading your posting (approx $20) versus the free posting as you will receive a lot more bids on the move. I also contacted several natiowide and local shippers just to confirm process and prices. I found the variation in price (shipping from Missouri to Marina del Rey, CA) to be within about a $1,000 variance between shippers. I booked Thomas Duncan - Thomas Duncan Towing - and was extremely satisifed. One nice thing about uShip is you get a lot of visibility to customer feedback. When I booked, Thomas had ranked as the second highest in customer satisfaction for sailboat shipping, which was the major factor in going with him.

I have no affiliations with uShip or Thomas Duncan... just relaying my very recent experience (boat was shipped 2 weeks ago).
09-23-2010 12:21 AM
newhaul my sugestion would be to list it on a website called uShip - The Online Shipping Marketplace - Ship Freight, Furniture, Vehicles or Moves its one of the sites ive used to find backhauls when i was still driving. just be sure to check out the companies numbers with the dot and be sure to get them to show insurance binder prior to loading good place to find a shipper without paying a broker his fee. newhaul=newby hauling and transport
03-08-2004 05:47 PM
Boat Transport - 30ft sailboat

The pirate might not have the worst idea! Even if you don''t have the time I''ve seen a couple of Captains that you might be able to hire to sail it for you. Last week I was considering purchasing a boat in the Galveston Texas area (to Chicago) and called a couple of shippers. 5 or 6 grand. I found a boat closer. I can''t imagine that it would run anywhere near that to have one of these guys sail it for you though.
02-29-2004 01:02 PM
Boat Transport - 30ft sailboat

I live in Australia, where the SUV''s are much smaller...and I beg to differ on the issues of towing.

This is the link to the minor epic of moving my 27 foot boat.
Not the thirty footer that the threads originator is asking about...but hey, it gives me a chance to show off my cradle building and engineering skills.

The towing vehicle is a 2.2litre 4 cylinder. Maintaining 80kmh was no problem at all with the pedal nowhere near the floor. The trailer''s brakes need to be good (in this case electrically augmented brakes to all four wheels).

I do not neccassarily recommend this as a "good" option, but it was the most cost effective and efficient way of doing it for us. If I was moving the boat one-way interstate then I would likely use a transport company and negotiate to drive my car as the "wide load" support vehicle to make sure that all was well. (and save a few dollars too)
02-26-2004 03:20 PM
Boat Transport - 30ft sailboat

You could do it yourself. I don''t know where you could rent a trailer at, but having one built may be an option. I use my trailer for winter storage at my home, but I would guess yours will stay in the water year-round in SC. We pulled ours home with a buddy''s 1 ton Ford with a V10 engine. I have a 27''er, disp 6800 9''2" beam. With the trailer she probably weight in at 8000 or so. He had no trouble pulling it, and the trailer brakes were not even functional. We only pulled it about 40 miles and picked EARLY on a Sunday morning to avoid traffic. I would not recomend a scenerio such as this for your trip, but with the proper tow vehicle and trailer it could be done. You would also need the proper permits (a step I also skipped). It is actualy amazing how easily such a heavy boat can roll around when trailered. I use a ''91 Ford Explorer with a 4.0 V6 to move it around my yard. But the weight ratio is too far off to try it on the road. Best of luck with your move.

Bryon Thomas
"Shore Leave"
02-25-2004 06:03 AM
Boat Transport - 30ft sailboat

Ahoy, mateys.... wot in de sam hell is going on here... youse all must be addled to de quick I say!!! Chi town to de Carolina''s why iffin I might be so bold to say wot in de tarnations is de problem wit yer vessel? ain''t it got a bottom in it? Did ye lose your rigginn and your nerve in a storm? Are''s youse sick or dying? Wat de water all dry up outten de lakes? Are''s ye depressed and thinking bad thoughts?.. There there now.... ever heard of SAILING it there? Yeah I know.. you ain''t got the time, yer wench got de noose around yer neck, dere ain''t never enough money my friend. SAIL. SAIL. SAIL. Pirate of Pine Island
02-23-2004 01:17 PM
Boat Transport - 30ft sailboat

Sorry, I omitted that Associated Boat Transfer is located in or near S.C., and their # is 800-274-1198.
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