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Old 03-06-2015, 14:54   #1
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Best way to relocate a 40-45' monohull

My wife and I are looking to purchase a boat in the next couple months but the boats we've found are located on the east coast and we're living up in Juneau, Alaska. Has anybody relocated a boat or had a boat shipped cross country of that size? Or has anybody heard of any reputable companies that ship? If you have had a boat shipped how much was it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as it could help us decide on our next home!
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Old 03-06-2015, 18:12   #2
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Re: Best way to relocate a 40-45' monohull

Welcome to CF
I have read threads on boat transporting some good and some very bad. if you search the transport thread you may find something good luck
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Old 03-06-2015, 18:35   #3
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You might want to get trucked to the Seattle area and motor the rest of the way. Lots of shippers and the bigger the boat the more it costs. Things like lead cars for oversie loads etc. add to the cost. Depending on where you buy, you might consider shipping it. I think the drop spot is in BC near Seattle and the pick up is in Miami. Probably going to cost $15k either way.
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A lot of nice boats on the west coast.


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Re: Best way to relocate a 40-45' monohull

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That's a long way to ship a boat either over land or over sea. How about as deck cargo on a ship? You'd have to pay for a proper cradle for the boat, and prep, as well as lifting and launching. Also, shipping via Canada might work out better than via the US. Obviously, at some point, the boat will have to get to Juneau, and last I looked that was across water. So, launch from Seattle or Prince Rupert?

I can see where Capt. Eric is coming from. Like are there no suitable boats on the west coast?????

You're looking at difficult logistics and all methods are likely to cause some damage to the boat, including having it delivered on it's own bottom. Also, adds considerably to costs.

Own bottom to Chicago? Truck from there to Seattle? Lots to think about.

Pretty soon maybe someone who has done it, like you asked for, will post. There was one horror story last year, where the truckie parked the truck and went back east to get another boat, leaving the first one high and dry in the southwestern US.
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Re: Best way to relocate a 40-45' monohull

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My wife and I are looking to purchase a boat in the next couple months but the boats we've found are located on the east coast and we're living up in Juneau, Alaska. Has anybody relocated a boat or had a boat shipped cross country of that size? Or has anybody heard of any reputable companies that ship? If you have had a boat shipped how much was it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as it could help us decide on our next home!
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As far as getting a boat from East Coast (or Florida) to Alaska?
That is a really long way, so the cost will be high, and so the boat must necessarily be either:

1. Very expensive (so the high cost of transport is relatively low)

2. Very special (rare, unique,) and that generally leads us back up to expensive.

Good luck on your search and sailing!

AND…if you do decide to transport a boat any great distance to Juneau, please come back to the forum and give us the details as sharing that kind of info is what helps more people.
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Re: Best way to relocate a 40-45' monohull

Great info, thank you all for the input. Again we are fairly new to sailing and I'm brand new to the forum, glad nobody bit my head off after asking that question.
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It cost me $6000 to truck my 46' 30,000 lb cal 2-46 from San Diego to Anacortes Washington
It need both a lead and a chase vehicle because the beam exceeded 12'
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Look in Seattle and BC we found good boats there and purchased a Peterson 46 out of Maple Bay. We care located in Cali


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My poor cousin bought a 47 Viking in Maryland, Had it taken by a delivery Capt. to Miami and put on a ship to Seattle. I would only guess it might be a smart option. He didn't get to be may poor cousin because he was stupid.
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...the boats we've found are located on the east coast and we're living up in Juneau, Alaska...
You're shopping on the wrong coast.
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Re: Best way to relocate a 40-45' monohull

Hi tdalke and welcome to the forum and don't worry, I think there is a forum rule about head biting.

Trucking a boat that size would be a big cost and not a little risk. The beam of most 40-45' boats will require special permits, escorts and probably limit the trip to daylight only. Also the bridge clearances will limit the choice of boats as a deep draft will make the boat too high for the trip. Also, unless you build a good cradle for the boat that much bouncing down the road might be a strain on the hull.

Sailing it's a very long way and not a trip for the faint of heart. Would also take a few months to get there. Shipping by sea might be the best option.

No matter which way you cut it, you're looking at $15-$20,000 minimum to get it there. I would look a little harder for boats on the west coast or even Hawaii.
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We purchased a 45' Island Packet in Oriental NC in fall of 2013. Had it trucked to Anacortes, WA using Joule Yacht Transport. They were very efficient and did a great job. Costs were about $20K for the actual transport plus approx $8K for decommissioning the yacht in NC and recommissioning in WA. There were no boats that met our requirements at the time on the west coast and the plethora of boats available on the east coast made negotiations on price easier in that market. In the end we're thrilled with out boat and the price to get it to the west coast is just a part of the equation we had to endure.
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Unless you have very deep pockets, buy on the west coast. I see some nice boats advertised there.
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Old 04-06-2015, 13:02   #15
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Unfortunately the Yacht Transporter, no longer has the NW on any of there routes. I would recommend them in a heart beat. Shipped my boat, at a reasonable cost from
Ft. Lauderdale to Vancouver, BC, with NO DAMAGE. I drove my boat on and drove it off the Yacht transporter, 30 days later.Every one of my friends who shipped by truck had damaged done either by the decommissioning yard or the trucker, so beware...


I believe I have read some ware there is a company that will haul boats as deck cargo, Though you would be wise to check them out.


If you can get your boat to Puget Sound, you would have few problems getting it to AK. up the inside passage.


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