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Any recommendations for a good, reputable overland boat transport company? .... any companies to avoid?

If I can't sell my 1982 Hunter 30 by mid-August, I'll take her with us when we move to St Augustine. Currently she's slipped on Lake Allatoona just north of Atlanta.

Easy to find some companies online but I'm interested if anyone has had direct experience - good or bad - with any particular company.

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Any recommendations for a good, reputable overland boat transport company? .... any companies to avoid?

If I can't sell my 1982 Hunter 30 by mid-August, I'll take her with us when we move to St Augustine. Currently she's slipped on Lake Allatoona just north of Atlanta.

Easy to find some companies online but I'm interested if anyone has had direct experience - good or bad - with any particular company.

Thanks!
Absolutely great experience with Associated Boat Transport. They moved my 35,000lb Nauticat 40 with no issues at all. Very professional, lowest price and ahead of schedule.

I DID run into huge problems with the riggers who decommissioned the boat, and there were many other variables with this shipping that I had not bargained for. In the end it has cost me nearly a year and $40,000 in insurance claims to get the boat operational again. The only good part of the experience was the trucking company itself. Everything else about moving the boat was a disaster.

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Absolutely great experience with Associated Boat Transport. They moved my 35,000lb Nauticat 40 with no issues at all. Very professional, lowest price and ahead of schedule.

I DID run into huge problems with the riggers who decommissioned the boat, and there were many other variables with this shipping that I had not bargained for. In the end it has cost me nearly a year and $40,000 in insurance claims to get the boat operational again. The only good part of the experience was the trucking company itself. Everything else about moving the boat was a disaster.

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I was surprised when I first started reading this post, as it seemed you would find it hard to find something good about that boat move. In case the Original poster has nothing to do for the next several hours, here is his sorted tail:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/gear-maintenance/168849-i-hate-boats.html

The one thing I have to say is MedSailor keep his cool through the whole adventure! Glad he has something positive to say about the move. You will want to vet anyone very carefully as some of the guys out there don't have the best equipment and experience with sailboats. Boats were made to be used on water not concrete and if the two meet it is never good!
 

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Exactly....so, how's a good way to do that?

Other than word o' mouth, recommendations, referrals, etc is there any other really good way to tell whos's a good boat transporter and more importantly - who's not?
Word of mouth is best, you can ask for referrals, and call them. Check for insurance and proper DOT licenses. There are a few folks on here that are in the trucking business and they may lend some ideas. U-Ship is a source for getting an idea of prices, but I would be very cautious as to actually using them as there have been lots of nightmare stories.
 
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