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Old 09-24-2019, 06:38 PM
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I am looking to possibly purchase a trailerable 24’ boat, 8’6” beam located in NJ and bringing home to FL. Boat has no trailer, so options are:

a) Buy new trailer in NJ, drive up & back (actually take Amtrak auto train up for 900 miles of it). I would have to be mindful of the various state regs on towing, any insight appreciated

b) Hire transporter to use new trailer to drive down (1st quote back from U Ship was $2500)

c) Hire transporter and use their trailer, as boat will be kept in water, we are almost out of hurricane season so wont need to mandatory evacuate marina, but will want to eventually have trailer before next season at least (quote from same guy was $3500 to use his big trailer)

d) Fly up, rent truck, by trailer & drive down myself

I figure if I drive, towing will be about 8-10 mpg for 1200 miles, so maybe $500 for gas, its about $500 for Amtrak with car, but its a full 3 days up & back, so theres about a grand, add hotel for a night or two, and it seems like its about half of transporters cost but I have nothing to stress leaving it to a pro transporter. But thats still $1500 and I have to buy a trailer, where I could use that $ for other things we all want when we buy a boat.

Still waiting for more U Ship quotes. Anyone with any experience shipping this or similar route would be greatly appreciated!

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I use a company called We haul boats. Michael 609-457-1480. Great service. He’s out of Jersey.
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Enterprise marine (found on this site) pulled a 24’ on a trailer from NJ to GA for $1000. Total distance was 865 miles. Other quote I got was $1600.
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Thanks guys, these look promising, at least compared to U Ship
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Call Larry Rutherford. He hauls to and from NJ and FLA all the time. He and his son make a great team and launch and haul my cat every year. You won't find a better team for the job. https://www.facebook.com/Rutherfordmarineservice

He is on uship but call him directly at 609-827-7517.

Tell Him John with the cat in Ocean view sent you.
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Choose your price on uship and usually you’ll find success. Recently paid $600 for a boat from Houston.
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There’s a member here, cajflynn (no affiliation) that’s in the transport business.
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uship or truckaboat

just make sure hauler is legit, has good reviews, and all three types of insurance. make sure you add an endorsement to your own insurance as well if needed.
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
uship or truckaboat

just make sure hauler is legit, has good reviews, and all three types of insurance. make sure you add an endorsement to your own insurance as well if needed.
Not to hijack, but what are the 3 types of insurance we should be asking about? Will be shipping a boat for the first time in the next couple weeks and want to get everything in line. Going to use Enterprise.
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Call Rob Lewis. He's out of New York. He does a lot of long distance hauling. A good guy 9144894848
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Originally Posted by Shkbilly View Post


Not to hijack, but what are the 3 types of insurance we should be asking about? Will be shipping a boat for the first time in the next couple weeks and want to get everything in line. Going to use Enterprise.

The hauler should have:
1. Auto liability $1m+ for scheduled AND non-scheduled autos with it endorsed to OTHERS as well
2. Physical damage coverage - i think it should match the auto liability above?
3. Cargo coverage $ at least to cover the value of your boat (and your trailer too if its being towed by the hauler)

You want to see the Certificate of Liability insurance, check the dates listed, and call to confirm if you want to. Make sure the certificate is in the hauler's name and not some random name that doesnt make sense. It should list who the insurers are and policy numbers. The different types of insurance could be underwritten by different insurance companies.

4. you should have proper insurance on your boat policy. many policies limit transportation over land. you might have to pay extra $$$ for an endorsement.
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I used Uship to transport a 28ft contender from FL to SC for $1100. Make sure you choose a reputable seller and you can always negotiate with the shippers.
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e. Fly up, prep boat, get underway, Delaware Bay to C&D Canal, to Chesapeake Bay, to Norfolk, to ICW at Mile "0", down the ICW to wherever in FL you are headed. Takes more time, but probably costs less and great fun.

JMHO, having done that from Norfolk to FMB.

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