I had a 38' Moody w/ 5' keel moved from Holland
, MI to Deltaville, VA, in 2006 for $2230. The company was McDonald & Associates Marine
Haulers, Melrose, FL,. 800-783-7071. The fellow I purchased the boat from used them to move the boat from St, Petersburg to Holland
, and he put me on to them. I could not have moved the boat via water from MI to VA for a fraction of that price
, although I have long wanted to do the Erie Canal.
It is possible they are not in business, but I woudl check. The key here is flexibility. The dispatcher lady said I can save you a lot (50%) if you are flexible, meaning let me find some cargo going out to Michigan or that area, and that means the truck is carrying cargo both ways, but you are only paying your half returning. If you are in a hurry, we can do it tomorrow, but you pay for the empty ride out and the loaded ride back.
I couldn't write the check fast enough. My dealings with them were hassle-free. I paid up-front--no surprises. Was a three day transit--the driver or someone called me each day to tell me where the boat was for the night.
Key factors are the height of the boat which if it exceeds a certain height means a chase car plus route
restrictions. Big bucks. My boat was smaller --38 overall, 12.6 beam, not sure on height but got it under 12 by taking off the SS guard around the binnacle and all canvas
. The mast came alongside the boat in the truck; the RIB
under the boat was well. Lowest configuration will be the cheapest--even take off the pulpit/pushpit/lifelines.
Anyway, try this outfit. They were wonderful when I moved my boat. Not a scratch!
If you do move your boat via water, I recommend June. Two years ago I bought my current
boat (Moody 46) in Stamford, CT, and moved her on the water down the Jersey coast to VA in May. Not a lot of places north of the Chesapeake were fully open, and we were clearly one of the first boats of the season in a couple marinas
. Up north, Memorial Day is the traditional opening day.