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Hi everyone, I'm just looking for a very rough idea of what it would cost to move a 30 foot sailboat by truck from Rhode Island to Maine? I put in for some quotes but I was wondering is anyone has an approximate idea of what I should expect?

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5$ per mile is usually the rate. You may be able to do better, maybe not.

It's expensive. The problem is, truckers have to run a LOT of unloaded -and unpaid - miles to get to your boat and then to the next one. And a LOT of truckers have gone out of business lately.
 

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The best quote I got was about $1,900 to move it 225 miles from RI to ME... I guess I'll look at sailing it up and getting a short move inland, but it looks as if this is not going to happen. Oh well...
 

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The best quote I got was about $1,900 to move it 225 miles from RI to ME... I guess I'll look at sailing it up and getting a short move inland, but it looks as if this is not going to happen. Oh well...
You could hire me to move it for you. 40 years sailing experience. 15 years delivery experience. USCG 100 ton Masters License.
 

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I hope he hires you and hope he goes with you, too.

The whole boat moving thing just sorta takes your breath away, don't it?:)

That's why the Cape Dory 25D for me. I can pack it up on its trailer, hook up the 1-ton pickup and take her wherever I want her. Or get her out of the way of a hurricane. Or whatever.
 

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i moved my Caliber 33 from a reservoir lake in Tennessee to the Chesapeake. it was expensive but worth it to get a fresh water boat. Also, it isnt quite as expensive as it looks if you take advantage of the mast being down to do all those things you ought to do every decade or so and which are much easier when the mast is down (e.g. do you need new standing rigging? want a new LED anchor light? want new halyards? etc. - this is the time to do it)

but if I were moving it from RI to Maine I would try hard to sail it there - what a fun trip! I would do that anyway, just for fun.
 

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$1900 - Holy Cow! $3 per loaded mile is about as low as they go, but you should be able to find someone to do it for about that, especially if they have something to use for a backhaul (which can come if you give them a bit of freedom about the schedule). OTOH, it would be fun to take it north on it's bottom. I did that a few years ago from Westerly to Casco Bay. We anchored up in Plymouth just at dusk because I did not want to pass Boston Harbor in the dark. Otherwise we sailed around the clock. We made remarkably good time because we had strong winds and we were running or reaching the whole time. This time of year, good weather cannot be taken for granted.
 

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Shop around and tell them you are not on a tight schedule. In fact, tell them they can pick the date to haul your boat (within reason, of course).

Last year I got quotes from 5000+ to as low as 1500 bucks from Mystic, CT to Tampa, Fl.

If the truck owner can schedule a return trip with another boat the price goes way down.
 

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Through u-ship I got a boat moved from Lauderdale to Charleston SC for $1,100. Its about 500 miles I think. It ended up being around 2 thou after marina fees. Next time I would definetly sail her back on her own bottom.
 

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Current rate quotes our yard has been recieving from a couple of reputable shippers is $3.50/mile - may be regional but we've had a couple boats shipped down to Florida and I recently inquired as I may ship out to CA - same rate quoted. This is just for shipment though - our yard does the prep work of unstepping the mast, crane fees, packing, labor etc. The estimate on my 28 ft boat was about ~$750. Additional fees for restepping the mast and commissioning in the new locale (rigger, crane fees, etc).
 

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$3/mile plus 1.25-1.50 for any escorts. We are shopping right now too.

Of course, you could take Bubb2. Watch the beer. HEHE! I am just kidding.

I would give Bubb2 a heck of a reccomendation. He is a great member here and many people have met him in person. Personally, I would pay to go along just to hang out with him. You will find some great people on this forum, and he is one.

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You're going the wrong way dude. Move it SOUTH.
CA was meant for California for clarification, not Canada... I'm planning to make a move back out there in the next year and am considering shipping it at the end of the year as winter kicks in and to take advantage of slip occupancy in SoCal (MdR or San Diego).
 

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$3/mile plus 1.25-1.50 for any escorts. We are shopping right now too.

Of course, you could take Bubb2. Watch the beer. HEHE! I am just kidding.

I would give Bubb2 a heck of a reccomendation. He is a great member here and many people have met him in person. Personally, I would pay to go along just to hang out with him. You will find some great people on this forum, and he is one.

Brian
Thanks for the kind words, Dad.

The check is in the mail.:laugher
 

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Thanks everyone...

Well I would love to sail it up to Maine, but then I still have to arrange for a marina to haul, pull the stick and load it on a trailer for a 30 mile ride inland. There is a guy up there who does great work on boats, and I was thinking I would send it to him for the winter with a list of projects. Mostly fiberglass work that I know I won't do as well as he will.

I may do this, or I may find a local guy. I found one, but he is procy compared to the first guy. Its all a matter of economics ;)
 

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Not to hijack this thread, but I have a hypothetical question...

If I was to pay someone (like Bubb2) to sail our boat from NY city to Ft. Lauderdale, about how much would it cost? I could help on part of the trip, but taking 10 days off plus another 10 to bring her back would wipe out my vacation days. Goal would be to sail in the Bahamas over Christmas break and winter break.

Really very hypothetical, not really ready for that this winter, maybe next winter.
 

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Bene, you are exactly right. It could take 10 days down and ten days back. However if you go off shore all the way and if the weather is right it could be done in less time. The crew would need to be 3 experienced sailors. I have my own guys that I like to use as I trust them. I have never been apposed to having the owner aboard. Depending on the owner's experience (we are talking open water here) I may or may not agree to using the owner as a crew member, thereby reducing costs. Some owners want to come along for the ride just to get the experience and others are old salts but feel better having another experienced person or two on board.

For a good delivery crew of 3, expect to spend somewhere around $500 a day, plus expenses. Expenses include $25 a day meal allowance per crew member and travel to the boat and back home.

I know someone out there will tell you this is expensive and throw you a low ball price. Bless their hearts. If you break it down you are paying 3 guys $7 dollars hour each times 24 hours a day because crew is always on call in addition to standing watches. No one is getting rich doing deliveries. But if someone throws you a low ball price, let the buyer beware.

The golden rule in the delivery business is you deliver a better boat than you leave with. That means a cleaner boat, and little mechanicals taken care of, find that squeak that the owner can't find and silence it. Thats the way I keep owners happy and thats how I keep busy moving boats.


I hope that helps.
 

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Bubb2,

That was a great reply. I agree with your sentiments.

It's not going to be this year -- unless I take a break from the day job long enough to finish that deployable emerency anchor design or achieve some other source of income.

Regards
 
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