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Old 26-07-2014, 09:02   #1
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Where in Florida to ship a boat???

Well, it looks like we will have to ship our boat from Lake Erie to Florida this year as we will not be able to make the window to use the canal. We don't really have a preference where in Florida, but we do plan to spend part of the winter in the Bahamas.

Those with Florida knowledge...where would you ship your boat to if in the same situation?
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Old 26-07-2014, 09:07   #2
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Re: Where in Florida to ship a boat???

Can you make enough southing before winter sets to avoid shipping? I made it off Lake Erie too Chesapeake last summer (12 days if u push it) then launched off Chesapeake thanksgiving day had a great sail south although I'll admit to breaking some ice on the ICW south of Norfolk early one morning.




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Old 26-07-2014, 09:31   #3
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Re: Where in Florida to ship a boat???

Unfortunately we can not leave this year until mid October at the earliest.
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Re: Where in Florida to ship a boat???

Hmm, well if you wanted to experience the journey down (I would) I'd recommend Chesapeake boat works in Deltaville Va. Great folks, very reasonable too. You might even be able to make the Annapolis boat show if that's of interest.


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Re: Where in Florida to ship a boat???

Several things to consider.

If your plans are to cruise the Bahamas and you have no interest in seeing north Florida then the further south the better.

Shipping is charged by the mile so the further south you ship the more you will pay. Also yards and launching fees are more in south Florida than a bit further north. But if you launch in north Florida it could cost you more in fuel and time to get to the Bahamas than if you went ahead and trucked it all the way south.

There are good places to launch all up and down the east coast of Florida so would not use that as one of the criteria in the decision process.
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Old 26-07-2014, 09:47   #6
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Re: Where in Florida to ship a boat???

Look into Green Cove Springs Marina if you need to do some work on your boat. Yard rates are low, it's the nearest to you and the Bahamas. If you are used to fancy marinas this is not the place. It's got dirt, bugs, heat, cigarette butt's etc..
The marinas near Cape Kennedy look like they have lowered their rates because of the space center lay off's..
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Re: Where in Florida to ship a boat???

Harbortown in Fort Pierce would be good. Maybe Crackerboys in West Palm. There is a small yard north of the bridge in Fort Pierce that could do it also.. but forget the name. Probably cheaper as it's a bit junkier.
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Re: Where in Florida to ship a boat???

Thanks for the suggestions so far. We don't anticipate any major work needing done, just need to re-rig the boat, so a knowledgeable yard or good rigger might be needed.

If north FL is cheaper to launch and use marina facilities, then north would be good.

We will be exploring for a couple of months before we push off to Bahamas, so have time to voyage south.
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Re: Where in Florida to ship a boat???

Crackerboys destepped a lot of masts when I was in their yard ... due to a hurricane headed our way. I think they may have limited depth at the haulout though. Harbor town is big and has a lot of gear.
Go with a well recommended trucker. Watch protection for the mast especially. A trucker rubbed a hole right thru my mast due to lack of attention along the way. Another time they rubbed a hole in my hull. Those guys just seem to go and never look at what's going on to the load. If you could sign on as the "wide load" follow car that would be good... you could check things every time he stops!
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Crackerboys destepped a lot of masts when I was in their yard ... due to a hurricane headed our way. I think they may have limited depth at the haulout though. Harbor town is big and has a lot of gear.
Go with a well recommended trucker. Watch protection for the mast especially. A trucker rubbed a hole right thru my mast due to lack of attention along the way. Another time they rubbed a hole in my hull. Those guys just seem to go and never look at what's going on to the load. If you could sign on as the "wide load" follow car that would be good... you could check things every time he stops!
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Who did you use when you had damage to your mast and hull?
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Re: Where in Florida to ship a boat???

Thanks everyone for the help. After looking at the prices in Florida, I think we will move it to Charleston, and will open another post for suggestions there.
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Who did you use when you had damage to your mast and hull?
It was West coast and many years ago. I think the trucker for one of them was... Western Boat Transport or something. He was not one of the bigger outfits.
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