I did have my Caliber 40 trucked from San Carlos
, Mx (west coast NE part of Sea of Cortez) to Tacoma WA - that was Aug 2004 and was about $8,500 inclusive of all costs. I did all the work preparing the boat to go on the truck in Mexico
and paid only $75 to have the mast
removed and $150 to have the boat hauled out into Marina Seca.
I did all the work to put the boat back into the water
in Tacoma and paid only $300 to have the mast
put back on the boat and to have a Travel Lift
put the boat back into the water
. The boat was on the jackstands in Tacoma for two weeks while they painted the bottom and I rubbed out and polished everything. That is why the cost to step the mast and launch the boat was lower.
I also had to pay $750 to transfer the boat from the Mexican trailer to a US trailer in Tuscon. I am not clear if this kind of transfer is still required.
Earlier in 2004 a friend had his 47 boat moved, via Dockwise from La Paz
, BCS, Mexico
to Victoria BC. His cost was about $10,500. Four years later the quote I got from Dockwise for the same trip for my 40 boat was $15,000.
In 2007 I helped a friend get their Caliber 40 from Annapolis
- $1,500 in Annapolis
to remove mast and prepare boat for trailer
- $15,000 cross country
- $1,200 in Seattle
to prepare the boat and launch it
They were in no rush and were able to wait for a backhaul and got a lower price
Last fall I helped a friend plan the transport of a Caliber 40 from Beaufort
, NC to Los Angles and the costs were about the same as the 2007 trip. Again, he found a boat transport company from California
that had an empty trailer coming back from the east coast
Cost Items that might significantly change the price
by up to 50%:
- the length of time you can wait for a discounted backhaul
- your willingness to put the transport out to bid on U-Ship
- the amount of work you do to prepare boat for transport
mast stepping in San Diego
is $350 and the haulout is another $350
my brother and I (we installed EVERY item on my boat when new) spent 20 hours preparing the boat for transport that is a lot of money
if you are paying someone to do the work.
- the amount of work you do to prepare boat for launch
- width of boat (will it require escorts?)
my Caliber 40 was wide (12 10) enough it needed an escort in Oregon
- height of boat (will it fit under all the bridges?)
your driver takes
my driver got caught in Oregon
on Friday afternoon and was not allowed to proceed until after 8 PM Sunday
my driver avoided I-5 in California
to prevent need for California escort
- if shipping
from Mexico will that trailer be allowed into US?
Some of the things we had to do to prepare our Caliber 40 for transport
- remove solar panels
- remove solar
- remove outboards
- find a place to store the above
- remove anchors from bow
- remove radar
- remove loud hailer from mast
- remove dodger
frame (to make room for arch storage)
- drain water tanks
- secure all lines and shrouds on mast and put bubble wrap everywhere
- find place below to store main and genoa
The cost of moving my boat on its own bottom was mentioned. The cost of taking a sailboat from Cabo San Lucas NORTHWEST to Cape Flattery is unique in the US coastal situation. That is 1,900 nautical miles directly into the prevailing NNW winds and six foot swell. I had already done the southern part of the trip two times and KNEW that we would motor
almost every inch of the way.
I knew, based on 10 years and 15,000 miles, that our Yanmar
cost $0.48 per nautical mile to operate, excluding rebuild
costs. The rebuild
cost is about another $0.50 per hour.
So my costs to move the boat on her own bottom:
235 NM Puerto Escondido to Cabo San Lucas
750 NM Cabo San Lucas to San Diego
1100 NM San Diego to Cape Flattery
150 NM Cape Flattery to Tacoma
assuming I sailed all the way from Escondido to Cabo and Cape Flattery to Tacoma and had a 3-person crew were:
$900 for fuel
at $3.25/gallon 5.5 knots/hour & 1 GPH pounding into the swell
$170 for engine
$540 for 12 nights at the dock
for 12 days at dock
for 25 days underway at $15/person/day
$3,635 and about 40 days of miserable pounding upwind. Compare that to trucking the boat I spent two days preparing the boat for the truck, one day to fly home, and four days preparing the boat to re-launch all in complete comfort!
I dont think you can extrapolate much from my experience because the OP was talking about a downwind trip for much of the time.
The only possible way to make an educated, rational, economic decision is to get firm bids from truckers, Dockwise, and other transporters, and then use real numbers based on actual experience for the cost of operating the boat, feeding the crew, and dealing with other expenses such as dockage and canal fees
, so you can compare costs and time.