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Old 01-14-2020, 01:10 PM
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I have a buyer from a boat forum in CA for my 17' boat and trailer. He lives in Northern California and is asking how much would it cost to ship boat from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Barbara or Sonoma, CA. I have no idea whatsoever. I have trailered boats from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale and back several time. With the right trailer it was not easy due to BIG potholes and not so great streets along the way. Does anyone know a shipper I could contact or do you know how much it would cost?
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Originally Posted by solarfry View Post
I have a buyer from a boat forum in CA for my 17' boat and trailer. He lives in Northern California and is asking how much would it cost to ship boat from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Barbara or Sonoma, CA. I have no idea whatsoever. I have trailered boats from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale and back several time. With the right trailer it was not easy due to BIG potholes and not so great streets along the way. Does anyone know a shipper I could contact or do you know how much it would cost?
I bought a 30' trailer, new out of fl last year, to norcal was around 1600. I'll see if I still have contact info.
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Originally Posted by smccormick View Post
I bought a 30' trailer, new out of fl last year, to norcal was around 1600. I'll see if I still have contact info.
Thanks.
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Originally Posted by solarfry View Post
I have a buyer from a boat forum in CA for my 17' boat and trailer. He lives in Northern California and is asking how much would it cost to ship boat from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Barbara or Sonoma, CA. I have no idea whatsoever. I have trailered boats from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale and back several time. With the right trailer it was not easy due to BIG potholes and not so great streets along the way. Does anyone know a shipper I could contact or do you know how much it would cost?
$1-4/mile

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good news its a small boat and can probably be put with another load

buyer should get the estimates. seller usually should not so they have no liability if something goes wrong with the transport. you should make sure your P&S agreement states when/where the ownership changes hands and that its as-is, etc.

dont get scammed. someone wanting to buy a 17' boat from FL to CA could be questionable. just do your due diligence on the buyer.
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Holloway Transport Mobile +1 760-586-7726

This is who I used. Very good communications, went the extra mile to be my rep on the fl side, arrived when predicted, just great experience.
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i have communicated with buyer before. Thanks for the advice. I will keep it in mind. Any other shippers?

Can't seem to find Truckabout on boats. Lost of them on furniture..

Any others?

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Originally Posted by solarfry View Post
i have communicated with buyer before. Thanks for the advice. I will keep it in mind. Any other shippers?

You have communicated with the buyer before, but have you transacted with them? It would not be unusual for your paths to have crossed if he/she is an active scammer. I agree with Mystery (boy, it almost hurts to type that) that something does not add up. I would not be surprised if he offers to pay you for the boat and the shipping and asks you to pay his shipper. That is a classic arrangement for scammers. The shipper gets your cash and then the "funds" you received turn out to be o good a few days later.
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Originally Posted by Drew46 View Post
You have communicated with the buyer before, but have you transacted with them? It would not be unusual for your paths to have crossed if he/she is an active scammer. I agree with Mystery (boy, it almost hurts to type that) that something does not add up. I would not be surprised if he offers to pay you for the boat and the shipping and asks you to pay his shipper. That is a classic arrangement for scammers. The shipper gets your cash and then the "funds" you received turn out to be o good a few days later.
If he wants it he will have to buy it first.Once the funds clear and account is secured we will deal with the shipping for which he will pay out of his own pocket. I am not going to mess with bum checks and disappearing accounts.. I know where he has lived for over a year and have verified it. I also google earth's his home on the lake.

The issue he has is that there are not many boats like the one i am selling. Most of them are at boating schools and universities. He has been searching for over a year. They are impossilble to find used and almost as impossible to sell.

Thanks for the heads up. Appreciate it.
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Originally Posted by solarfry View Post
If he wants it he will have to buy it first.Once the funds clear and account is secured we will deal with the shipping for which he will pay out of his own pocket. I am not going to mess with bum checks and disappearing accounts.. I know where he has lived for over a year and have verified it. I also google earth's his home on the lake.

The issue he has is that there are not many boats like the one i am selling. Most of them are at boating schools and universities. He has been searching for over a year. They are impossilble to find used and almost as impossible to sell.

Thanks for the heads up. Appreciate it.
funds can initially clear and then come back as non negotiable weeks later. i'd only take a wire transfer.

how do you know the person you are communicating with is the guy that you supposedly know where he lives? some people use someone's name/address to scam. so yes that name and address may very well be real. just saying most scams start with someone far away wanting you to ship a boat. i dont get involved in helping buyers find a shipper other than saying try uship or truckaboat.

what boat is it out of curiosity?
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Caj Flynn on here is a commercial boat hauler.

He brought a 36' Downeaster to a guy I know from MA to far Northern CA(90 miles south of OR border). Also brought another guy I know a 25'er from FL.

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Sounds scammish to me. Shop around for a boat like yours in the Northern California area and see what it would cost him to buy one locally. How the scam works is that he is going to send you check bigger than the sale amount and have you give the difference to a third party. Your bank will give you the funds in three days but 10-14 days later is when the check will be returned as bad and your bank will take the funds back. If he wants to pay you extra just say no. Not sure how I would handle a bank check, I wonder if one can call the issuing bank and find out if it's legit.
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Last July I had a 17ft Montauk on a trailer shipped out to CA from Melbourne, FL. $2,250 is what I paid. PM me if you want the guys contact information. Easy to work with and makes trips out to CA routinely.
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Originally Posted by duskydog1016 View Post
Sounds scammish to me. Shop around for a boat like yours in the Northern California area and see what it would cost him to buy one locally. How the scam works is that he is going to send you check bigger than the sale amount and have you give the difference to a third party. Your bank will give you the funds in three days but 10-14 days later is when the check will be returned as bad and your bank will take the funds back. If he wants to pay you extra just say no. Not sure how I would handle a bank check, I wonder if one can call the issuing bank and find out if it's legit.

Yup. This guy could be legit but no need for the OP to worry. The Nigerian prince who is buying the very special, unicorn boat sight unseen and paying half the value of the boat to transport it also told the OP where he lives so the OP can use Google Earth to see where his money went. BTW, I am surprised that the buy has a house on the same lake as George Clooney. Must be the real deal.

Seriously, I hope for the OP's sake it is legit. But I also hope he listens to the advice here and takes precautions. When I sold my last boat, I played along with one of these guys and they went so far as to send me a counterfeit Bank Check. Too bad they couldn't spell Independence Drive. It's a sad state that we can no longer rely on certified checks, cashier's checks, teller's check and all the other former sources of secured payments. And don't even start with Paypal these days. If I were selling, I would require cash money inspected at the bank or a wire of immediately available finds confirmed by my banker.

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Originally Posted by duskydog1016 View Post
Sounds scammish to me. Shop around for a boat like yours in the Northern California area and see what it would cost him to buy one locally. How the scam works is that he is going to send you check bigger than the sale amount and have you give the difference to a third party. Your bank will give you the funds in three days but 10-14 days later is when the check will be returned as bad and your bank will take the funds back. If he wants to pay you extra just say no. Not sure how I would handle a bank check, I wonder if one can call the issuing bank and find out if it's legit.
There's very slim pickings out in CA for boats, unless you like ski boats. Their prices are as crazy as the politics.
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LOL people ship boats from Florida out here all the time, especially Parkers. IF you're able to find what you're looking for in CA, there are likely 4-5 somewhere in florida and even after shipping it out here, you'll usually still be way ahead.

OP, is that site Bloody Decks by chance? If so, I'd feel much better about it. Check his post history but the guys on there are savages with scammers and most of them get parsed out pretty quickly.
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What kind of boat is it? Just curious.
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$1-4/mile

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the top end of that would make it a 10k expense, which is crazy. I think the bottom end is more reasonable for a 17' boat. Still makes it over 2500 dollars for the trip, which as you note is questionable for buying a 17' boat. Would make me think it's a possible scam in some way.
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shipping is the responsibility of the buyer, if he does not know he should find out moreso for a cross country sale

Your boat should be for sale as is where is, shipping relies on a 3rd party and that is a variable you can not control.
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the top end of that would make it a 10k expense, which is crazy. I think the bottom end is more reasonable for a 17' boat. Still makes it over 2500 dollars for the trip, which as you note is questionable for buying a 17' boat. Would make me think it's a possible scam in some way.
perhaps since its small, if there is flexibility on time frame, it can be loaded with other cargo already going near that destination and done for less than $2500

either way, the buyer should be figuring out transport not the seller, many scams have the buyer requesting the seller to handle the transport or be involved in figuring it out

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