Originally Posted by bdurham
reliable and cheap mover?
Those may be mutually exclusive in the boat moving world. The cheapest quotes you will get are from brokers and freight consolidators. The trucks they contract
with may or may not have any boat moving experience. Moving a boat of that size across the country is a highly specialized task, requiring permits and probably a lead car for part of the trip.
For instance, the guy I used (American Yacht Transport) to move my 40'er actually had his own personal database of bridge clearances, measured by his wife who drove the lead car. He told me that the state permit
offices often don't have accurate clearance heights because of repaving, and that he did drive around a number of underpasses in Texas
that his permit
allowed him to pass under.
Sure, you can find a cheap quote. What happens when they don't show up for the scheduled load date? The worse cases I've heard of are trucks arriving at destination
and suddenly there was an extra $$ for "permits we didn't think we needed". If you refuse, they refuse to unload your boat.
Ask around at large boat yards about the trucking companies that they find the most reliable and show up with undamaged loads. From that list, find one you can afford.