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Old 01-04-2016, 09:52   #16
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Re: Can't Get To The Boat- Need Info

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it is alot more than 3-4 days from texas to annapolis try 10-12 and that would b in good weather the whole time
"I am in Midland, Tx. Need to move my Bristol 30 from Ct to Annapolis, Md".
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:48   #17
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Re: Can't Get To The Boat- Need Info

Another shipper recommendation - they ship a lot of boats to the boat shows.
About Move My Boat and Joule Yacht Transport

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Old 01-04-2016, 12:59   #18
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U ship is shitt. If you haven't already forked over any cash to the crooks I suggest you just look for a real shipping company that actually ships stuff and not just a internet middle man sucking cash from all parties involved. Their interests are served as soon as they get your credit card number.
Thanks for the heads up!
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Old 01-04-2016, 13:01   #19
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I would be very careful using U Ship they do not have the best reputation.
Last year I shipped my 38ft Caliber from Green Cove Springs FL to Erie PA. I used US Boat Haulers. I found Ernst to be very caring in moving my sailboat safely. He arrived in time to load the boat and delivered at the stated time. Very fair pricing I would use them again.
Thank you, I will keep this info in mind. I just love CF for this very reason.
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Re: Can't Get To The Boat- Need Info

I can recommend Brownell Systems, Inc. 7 Industrial Dr, P.O. Box 61 Mattapoisett, MA 02739 1.800.262.8428 Their trailers are set up for sailboats. They specialise in transport along the east coast.
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Thanks to everyone, great info and appreciated.
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Re: Can't Get To The Boat- Need Info

We went with U Ship. The winning bidder was Joule Yacht Transport. This was for a Tartan 37. The 37 only draws 4'2" so the top of the boat was lower than the top of the air dam on the truck.
In hindsight, I would go direct to these companies for larger boats. There are only so many of them that have the equipment for this type of haul.
We were pretty pleased with the shipping. For smaller boats - espescially those on a trailer, I have seen some friends have great results in shipping cheap through U-Ship.
You can see in the picture that it is a "low boy" trailer which meant the keel of the boat was not much more than a foot off the pavement. They were able to put the mast on the trailer down low. This rig had an easy job on the 37'
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Re: Can't Get To The Boat- Need Info

Just a quickie since the discussion has already moved in the direction I was going to suggest. Any boat hauler actually involved in the business and with a reasonable amount of experience would already have the data you first mention, or have quick access to it. To that I would add, a professional delivery captain might be a good investment because he/she may acquire some knowledge about your concerns or other matters during the delivery process. I am operating on the belief that the trip would be from CT, not TX, to MD, and probably take less total time and expense than a haul.
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Re: Can't Get To The Boat- Need Info

I do appreciate that you say a good delivery captain would be a good investment--that is absolutely correct--but a "good" professional will not do it for $1000 as a previous commenter said. AND....it will take A LOT LONGER and might cost as much or more to sail her to MD than it will to truck--not always true, but depends on many factors. Once the mast is pulled and secured (2-3 hours?) the drive is about 7 hours. A Bristol 30 wont even get halfway across Long Island Sound in that time. This boat is already on the hard with the mast down.
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Just a quickie since the discussion has already moved in the direction I was going to suggest. Any boat hauler actually involved in the business and with a reasonable amount of experience would already have the data you first mention, or have quick access to it. ...
What a shipper is concerned about, and what a boat hauler wouldn't know, is whether you have added fixed items that extend beyond standard dimensions. No arch or fixed sprit, or sissy bars at the mast (thank goodness, as this is a Bristol 30...), and you are likely good to go. But the shipper doesn't want to learn about this as he shows up.

It is a relatively short haul, but I would contact a marina for local recommendations rather than pay the $500 finders fee to a shipping broker.

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