When I found my boat again, after it was stolen, the guy that had it said that he was in no hurry. I could just get it whenever it was convenient for me.
That was good because I still needed to get a trailer, and get everything ready, truck, etc. (including time off of work).
Next thing I knew, he told me that if I didn't get it right now, he was going to give it away!
I didn't know what else to do, so I used U-Ship. I placed my ad saying that I needed someone to take my trailer, load the boat on it, and bring it back. I listed everything I could about the boat, and the details involved in loading a twin keel
boat that was on blocks.
The first transporter said that it would be no problem. He had moved lots of boats, and he had a good feedback report.
He picked my trailer up, took it to the boat, then decided that it was too much work, and he didn't want to do it. I had to pay the MFer $200 just to get my trailer back!
He said that I lied about the conditions, the boat, and generally misrepresented everything. He said the boat was only 6" off the ground, and was impossible to get any jacks under the keels.
I was getting desperate, so I relisted my ad on U-Ship, and the next transporter that bid was higher, and had no feedback at all.
But, I needed it done. I told them everything that the first guy said about the condition, location, and height of the boat off the ground.
This guy did a complete internet
search on Westerly Nomads, their weight, keel
configuration, etc. and still wanted the job. He wanted to use his own trailer though.
I agreed, and 2 days later he was on his way. and he provided constant tracking info through his iPhone
, and that evening he brought my boat.
He told me that I made it sound harder than it was, and showed me photos that he took proving that the first person lied. The boat was 19.5" up on 6x6 blocks, and it didn't take much lifting to get his trailer under.
Then we offloaded the boat, and he helped to put it on my trailer here at home. That was a major PITA, but we got it done.
He was a great transporter, and I gave him a very good first feedback!
I guess the point of all this is that you never know what you'll get. Even though the first people had a good feedback, they were @ssholes!
The next guy went above and beyond to get the job done, and to make sure that I was satisfied.
Check all references
, but it's still a crap shoot.