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Old 07-12-2015, 10:14   #1
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Shipping a Seattle based boat to Charleston, SC

I'm looking to purchase a boat on the west coast and have it sent to CHS.
A dealer in San Diego thought that a 42-48 foot motor yacht would cost about $15,000 to have it sent from SD to Kemah, TX.
When taking into account beam and bridge clearance that sounds reasonable.
More reasonable than OTR from Seattle to Mississippi River.
Assume 48ft by 16ft and not wanting to use the Canal, suggestions?
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I think the broker is right but low. You have ruled out going by ship to FL.? I think they stop at Ensenada and Seattle.
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Guy, thanks and I had not considered by ship to FL. I will surf the topic, thanks, karl


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Knucklehead, Please PM me. I just shipped a 50ft sailboat from San Diego to Seattle 3 months ago. I can share the details with you.
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Shop locally.
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Some people don't get it. I bought a boat in Virginia and shipped it home to SF.
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Re: Shipping a Seattle based boat to Charleston, SC

I found TN in the bay area, San Leandro, and sailed/motored it home to MdR. But shopping on the opposite coast makes little sense.
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Yeah, it would have to be pretty special to buy and ship.
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That is a very low quote. Just call up several of the major boat shippers and ask. Bet their prices will be in the range of $35,000.
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Re: Shipping a Seattle based boat to Charleston, SC

In 2010 shipping a 30 foot trawler from Florida to Seattle was quoted at $11-12k. San Diego to Texas isn't near that far though.
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Re: Shipping a Seattle based boat to Charleston, SC

Putting the shipping cost towards a better equipped boat sounds much more profitable and reasonable. Thanks to all who responded, Karl
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Re: Shipping a Seattle based boat to Charleston, SC

I know Pete at Swiftsure Yachts in Seattle shipped his 51' sailboat (steel) from Texas to Seattle about 5 years ago. He might be able to point you in the right direction or have some budget costs from recent experience of other clients.

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Boats are a dime a dozen, why not purchase the boat that meets your requirements so it requires no shipping. East coast has plenty of boats, my family has the family boat over at Cape Cod.
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Given the market for boats on the East Coast, compared to the West Coast, I would bet that you could find someone willing to coordinate shipping so that the shipper has a guaranteed back haul. In looking at pricing for overland shipping, it is about $1.00 per mile, or 40% more to ship a sailboat east to west vs west to east.

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In 2010 shipping a 30 foot trawler from Florida to Seattle was quoted at $11-12k. San Diego to Texas isn't near that far though.
But he wants to ship a 48 foot tub. Big difference. Also the beam will be much greater, probably requiring an escort and special insurance. All of which will probably be around $35,000, at least that was the response when I asked Boat US's rep's referral.
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