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Re: Hiring a driver to transport car and boat on trailer
Good point, but the car isn't being hired out, i.e. used for commercial purposes. It is very different, he's looking to *hire* a *driver* and from that point of view, the recreational use of the car is the same. IIRC normally if a driver has insurance, the claim goes against the driver first. The owner of the vehicle is separately liable, varying with state laws. ("Vicarious liability" laws actually caused car leasing to end in some states about a decade ago, they had to rewrite the laws because the car manufacturers, the lessors, were still liable for the drivers' actions.)
So now you're not just looking for transport, you also expected someone to re-rig it for you?! And to do that without supervision and to get it right? If you figure (unless you live next to an airport) it is still going to take you 90 minutes to clear security, 90 more to fly down, a hour to get from the airport to the boat, optimistically? A short flight still takes up a half day. Versus one long day to drive it down yourself, and not have to ask what kind of joker has your car AND boat.
Just how cheaply did you ever think someone who is a licensed and insured commercial transport driver, AND a competent boat rigger, would be? Plus their return airfare?
Of course, you could hire a couple of college kids on winter break to drive it down, if you just want cheap and are willing to assume the risks. Heck, let 'em use the boat for a week and they'll do the rest for free.