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brokesailor 12-04-2010 02:02 PM

Transport by land or deliver?
I am searching for a C-37 and I think I found what I want, located in Houston Texas. I am in the Chesapeake Bay. I am all wisted up trying to decide if I should ship it by land or have a Delivery captain bring it up. Expense, wear and tear on the boat, unforeseen expensive repairs,budget all have me wondering which way to go. What do you think?

Yorksailor 12-04-2010 02:41 PM

As delivery skipper...have it shipped.

Norstar 12-04-2010 03:02 PM

Ship over land is your best option for a worry free delivery. Call Triton Yacht Transport in Oriental, NC @ 252-249-2210. They have experience moving PSC 34 & 37's and will give you a free quote. Ask for Beth.

John S
PSC 34 #201

DaveMancini 12-04-2010 08:08 PM

Ship it. Pick a good outfit that specializes in yachts with an unblemished rep. The cheap fly-by-nighters may not check the bridge clearances on the route, among other things. Don't ask me how I know.

PSC 34 #305

AlLorman 12-04-2010 10:02 PM

Truck it. If you want to hear the saga of my attempt to have my new-to-me PSC 31 delivered by a skipper from Key West, Florida to the Chesapeake, only to have to hire a trucker at the Florida-Georgia border, bring some tissues and a six pack.

Al Lorman
s/v Ann West PSC 31 No. 55

davidpm 12-04-2010 11:16 PM


Originally Posted by AlLorman (Post 673552)
Truck it. If you want to hear the saga of my attempt to have my new-to-me PSC 31 delivered by a skipper from Key West, Florida to the Chesapeake, only to have to hire a trucker at the Florida-Georgia border, bring some tissues and a six pack.

Al Lorman
s/v Ann West PSC 31 No. 55

actually sounds like an interesting story.
What happened?

AlLorman 12-05-2010 02:52 PM

Well, the story is more sad than interesting. My boat was in Key West, a very expensive place to truck from because of the limited hours when a truck can move and the need for an escort. Also, I really didn't want to deal with the hassle of having the boat decommissioned for trucking and then recommissioned on arrival. All told, it would have been an expensive trip. I've crewed on a few deliveries with a first rate captain, so I decided that a water delivery would be less hassle and less money. My friend was unavailable but he recommended a colleague very highly. Said colleague has a great resume and sounded great on the phone; said he'd delivered several 31s on extensive trips, so I hired him.

I knew it was not going to be fun from the first phone call I got from him when he arrived in Florida. First, this very experienced captain suddenly sounded like a constant whiner. He criticized the quality of the survey, the condition of the boat, etc., etc. But he set out nonetheless. The weather really wasn't all that good further up the coast and he probably never should have departed. Once a day, he called and began a tale of woe that made it sound like the boat was sinking. By the time he actually described the problem, it was usually something fairly easy to fix, or actually not broken. I grew to dread his calls, but did begin to realize that when he said the boat was sinking, he really meant that some minor line needed replacing. When he got to the north end of Florida, he basically said he wasn't going any further. He said he had a crew member with diarrhea and the head was broken (worked fine when I tested it) and a wheel pilot that was malfunctioning (there was a spare aboard). Plus, the weather was deteriorating and he would have had to do the whole trip on the ICW, which would have taken far longer than he planned (and he had capped his daily fee). Frankly, I couldn't wait to get home off my boat, so he found a decent marine on Amelia Island and did some decommissioning (some of which had to be redone). I hired one of the truckers I had previously contacted and arranged for them to pick the boat up and deliver her to Annapolis. Because of the weather, it took almost two weeks before she made it on a truck and to MD.

I ended up paying for most of a delivery by water (I'd already paid a deposit of about 60% and the captain sent me a bill for more; I told him I'd be glad to meet him in court), plus I paid for trucking and associated costs. It was an expensive lesson for me: everyone said to deliver by truck and I decided I didn't want the hassle. So I ended up with two sets of hassles and a bigger bill.

I'm sure there are good captains out there, since I've worked with one myself. But if I ever need to move a boat again, it will be by truck (unless a move by water is the only option, like to the Bahamas).

As I said, not so interesting.

Al Lorman
s/v Ann West PSC 31 No. 55

teejayevans 12-06-2010 08:53 AM

Actually you can move boats by water also, they have special ships that you float in, they add supports and then drain the water. IIRC, costs to ship a 31 over to Thailand was 12-15k a few years back.

AlLorman 12-06-2010 10:58 AM

Those special ships are great, but they have a fairly limited number of routes. I sold a 30' boat to an American in Thailand. It was trucked to Baltimore and put onto a one-off cradle as deck cargo on a freighter. The total bill was about $30K.


lsbrodsky 12-07-2010 06:39 AM

Good trucking seems best

Your story is sad/amusing. I had Asylum trucked from IL to CT, no choice, and the trucking firm did a great job. The rerigging in CT had a few wrinkles that I had to iron out over time but I was very pleased.
After I got my Masters License, I did some deliveries and associated with others guys who did. Seems to me there are a lot more risks with a water delivery. There are many good captains but the schedule is always tight and we all know that schedule should not win over the weather, but it does. There are also some not-so-good captains out there and it is hard to tell without a lot of due diligence.
The best delivery I ever did was my own boat when I moved it from CT to NC. I took my time and had a great time. When I realized there was little money and no fun in meeting a tight schedule, I stopped doing deliveries.

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