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Ship it, Sail it, or Pay a Professional to Sail it?
My fiance and I are trying to get our 41 sailboat from San Diego to Olympia (a city about 60 miles south of Seattle). We don't know if we should sail it, ship it, or pay a professional to sail her up.
We were hoping to sail, but my fiance and I don't have much ocean experience. The furthest we've sailed just the two of us has been around Vancouver Island, a fun but challenging experience in itself. We were planning to bring a much more experienced bluewater cruiser friend but he can't take the time off work. Instead, we're taking a sailing friend who has about as much experience as we do. We understand that this is a scary route for beginners. It is a slow but reliable boat and has been recently refit for ocean cruising.
We then looked at shipping and that seemed more practical. Looking online, it seemed we'd be paying $4500-6000. However, now another Sailnet member said it would be about $10,000 including the haul out, mast removal, etc. We definitely can't spend $10,000. Is this an accurate price?
We haven't been able to find much information about paying someone to sail it up. About how much does that cost? Are there hidden fees with that service as well?
Please help. If we are sailing, we're planning to set sail by July 1st.
Thank you and happy sailing!
Last edited by BluewaterGirl; 05-14-2011 at 05:38 PM.