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Old 31-03-2012, 10:55   #1
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Yacht Shipping Companies

I am electing to ship a 36' trawler from St. Thomas to S. Florida instead of crusing. Yacht Path has many complaints and the others I know of are Dockwise and Seven Stars. Any recomendatins on yacht shippinp companies.
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We went with Dockwise which seemed the safer choice. However, during the offloading some asshat sent a wake into the hold of the ship while all the boats were floated off their jackstands. Our bowsprit went 7 or 8 feet in the air before landing on the caprail of an Island Packet. Destroyed our stem iron, bobstay and bowsprit.

Dockwise was easy to work with on the damage but their insurance company hired the biggest shitweasel surveyor they could find who spent a year and a half concocting the most ludicrous fairy tales in order to get out of paying our claim. After a year and a half, we finally got their insurance company to pay.

Our takeaway? Dockwise itself was good to work with. Dockwise's insurance company is staggeringly unethical.

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We went with Dockwise which seemed the safer choice. However, during the offloading some asshat sent a wake into the hold of the ship while all the boats were floated off their jackstands. Our bowsprit went 7 or 8 feet in the air before landing on the caprail of an Island Packet. Destroyed our stem iron, bobstay and bowsprit.

Dockwise was easy to work with on the damage but their insurance company hired the biggest shitweasel surveyor they could find who spent a year and a half concocting the most ludicrous fairy tales in order to get out of paying our claim. After a year and a half, we finally got their insurance company to pay.

Our takeaway? Dockwise itself was good to work with. Dockwise's insurance company is staggeringly unethical.

YMMV.

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Passed from another sailor

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I used YachtPath to ship a 48 MY to Australia without problems. Watch out for 2nd and 3rd party agents and get 3-4 quotes and use these to work the price down you will save a ton of money. Do not let them pressure you into paying before you even have a ship lined up. Then will tell you the low price is only good till such and such date but in the end they will keep the price long past the drop dead date they give you. Read the contract and make sure you understand it. Contact their insurance company directly prior to shipping and make sure your insurance company has their insurance information. Good luck and just makes sure you understand everything, oh and pay by credit card to protect yourself, you might get a ton of miles too lol.
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I've had some friends ship with these guys and they seemed to all get a pretty good deal. Also didn't seem to have anything bad to say...

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