Our plans for moving south just accelerated by six months so I'm hustling to pull things together.
I need some recommendations for shippers to take my boat from Southern New Jersey to Miami in December/January.
I'm looking for recommendations for shippers from people who've used them personally. I've heard a LOT of horror stories about using services like UShip and getting random drivers who may or may not know how to handle sailboats (or even be properly insured). And before someone suggests it, given the time of year taking her down the ICW isn't a good option.
The boat is a 1995 Catalina 30, 3'10" draft, 10'10" beam.
Pickup from Forked River on Barnegat Bay
Drop off at a Miami marina TBD
I'll sail the boat down to her new home in Marathon from there over a three day weekend.
I also need to figure out a marina in the Miami/Ft Lauderdale area that's DIY friendly, where I can hole up for a weekend or two before heading out.
I do realize I'll save a few bucks if the shipper has a back haul (not likely this time of year). I know I'll save about a grand if I send it down in the spring, but it will cost about the same to store it on the hard in Jersey. Since it looks like the $$ will be a wash I'd rather have the boat with me in the Keys
Thanks in advance for any suggestions,