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Old 01-04-2015, 07:22   #1
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Boat Transport Cost....OUCH!

Thought about having our boat transported from FL to Spain or Italy for a year or so of cruising the Med. A buddy of mine had his 35' sailboat transported about 6 years back for $6k. I got a quick verbal estimate late last year for about $11K. Finally got around to getting a formal quote from DYT and almost fell off my chair. $23K to move a 42' Jeanneau. They appear to be quite proud of their business. $23K just seems completely unreasonable considering just 6 years ago, a similar size boat was moved for $6K. Not sure why someone quoted me $11K late last year.

Just curious if anyone else has recently moved their boat in such a way, what kind of costs did you incur for your size boat and who did you use. BTW...this quote was in the winter season (Oct-Nov) versus prime season (I don't even want to guess what that would cost).
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:50   #2
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Maybe not what you want to hear but $20k to ship that size of vessel sounds like a bargain to me. I priced our boat roughly 5 years ago now - they started around $35k and then called back several times but never got down to $25k. We're powered but otherwise likely similar size vessel. I'm not sure where the $11k number came from. The Baltic dry index is way down c/w 5 years ago - I expect there are spot opportunities when there is space available on a particular vessel but at some point the hassle of loading and unloading must make it more economical to not take the load at all.
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Re: Boat Transport Cost....OUCH!

Ever FexEx'd a 5 pound package accross town? Now calculate a 30,000 pound package 4,000 miles.
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Not sure where the $6K came from either. Never heard of rates that low.

So why not sail to Europe?
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Not sure where the $6K came from either. Never heard of rates that low.

So why not sail to Europe?
Your reply beat me to the punch... FL to BDA, Azores then Med.
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If you want a delivery quote, let me know: - I do this all the time! Tony
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Thats a company with overheads etc.. bound to cost more with the extra's to cover.. move on to the freelancers and part timers if your looking for cheaper skippers and crew.
There's a few on CF.. BVI and Atoll to name but a couple.. as to the season.. winters a rougher crossing likely why it was dearer..
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FL to BDA, Azores then Med.
Exactly. Half the fun is getting there.
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We looked into it for our 34' Gemini sail cat.


List price from dockwise was around $20k but we've heard from several people that if you can go opposite the prevailing destination and go last minute, it is possible to get substantial discounts. Dockwise wouldn't confirm or deny this.


If we drop the mast we got a quote of $11k but you have to add dropping the mast, haul out, trucking to the port and reversing the process at the other end.


We've recently started looking at buying in the EU. If we save $20-40k in shipping, we can lose a lot on the boat and still come out ahead. Plus we can get a VAT paid boat and not have to worry about getting the boat out of the EU every couple years.
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That's interesting about the last minute deals and dropping the mast. They didn't say anything about those options. Since our plan is also sail the Eastern Caribbean, we considered doing that first, selling the boat and buying another similar boat in Europe. I'd also even consider swapping boats with a trustworthy soul for 6 months to a year (they could sail the Caribbean, and we could sail the Med).
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To clarify, dropping the mast was if we used a RORO ship not dockwise.


RORO = roll on roll off, basically a giant floating parking lot.
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