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Old 10-14-2020, 02:28 PM
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Default Aspiring Boat Owner Needs Advice About Shipping Across Country

I've saved enough to fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a boat. Unfortunately, I live in the PNW and so far every boat I've found is either in FL, LA, SC, Maine or Canada. [looking for a slightly used 20-24' dual console Grady, Cobia, Scout, Robalo, etc.]

Assuming a seller will allow me to hire a surveyor and it checks out, what should I know about shipping a boat?

I've checked with Uship and heard the $1.30/mile quote, but what I really want to know is how does one protect a boat on a 3,000 cross-country drive? Do they wrap them? If not, how do they prevent a boat showing up without a hundred dings in it from flying rocks and other road debris? We have a class C motorhome and on every road trip we get pegged by rocks flying up from wheels of semi-trucks and other vehicles.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
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You could have it wrapped prior to shipping ,at your expense of course. Make sure whoever is going to transport it is adequately insured.
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Do you think the wrapping would help that much?

The shipping companies would just have a large pick-up tow the boat out here on its trailer. I imagine the towing truck itself kicking up rocks into the hull along the way.
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Had one shipped from Charleston and one from Pensacola. Didnít wrap either. Planned on a full detail with both when they got here anyway. Didnít notice and chips in the gel coat.

these were spring trips. Not sure Iíd do the same in the winter, when they are using gravel.
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most transporters don't allow canvas, covers, or shrink wrap

wax boat very well before transport

you might have some small damage but its a risk for cross-country ship

make sure transporter is legit, look up drivers record, get proof of all three types of insurance, independently verify it, make sure you do your due diligence, make sure your own insurance covers you, many require endorsements for long haults
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I used uship from Richmond, Va to San Francisco, Ca. About $3k.

No wrap and they did a great job.
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I have heard good things about this carrier- JC.
https://www.jcmarineservices.com/ Spoke with him a few times about a haul. nice guy and he always seems busy. As others noted-most haulers will tell you not to wrap. If someone will not let you conduct a prepurchase survey a boat-I would not buy it.
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I see boats all the time going up and down I-95 shrink wrapped hauled by professional shippers.
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Mine was shrink wrapped and hauled from Kenosha to Galveston
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I just shipped a boat from Fl to NY. I did not shrink wrap the boat and I would not if I was you. My boat was fine, nothing more than just some road dust thats about it. The shrink wrap just creates another thing to come loose or flap on the road i think. Another thing, I think your quote of 1.3 a mile is way off. Is that a actual quote? or a estimate? I know Fl to Ny isnt the same route but when i was quoting no one was under 3 bucks a mile and if they are I would be skeptical
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Call Alden Transport, Dave Wilks. Shipped from NC to FL. Excellent,
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Iíve sold a few boats to people in California and Washington, Iím in Florida. Last year sold a Parker pilot house, guy found someone on uship to do it for $1600. Shipper showed up in the biggest POS rv ive ever seen. However it made it all the way without and issues, and cheap!

the key with uship is finding someone headed your way, and being flexible. If you need the boat next week, not going to get as good of a deal as say if you needed it within 30 days.
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Originally Posted by oceantrav View Post
Iíve sold a few boats to people in California and Washington, Iím in Florida. Last year sold a Parker pilot house, guy found someone on uship to do it for $1600. Shipper showed up in the biggest POS rv ive ever seen. However it made it all the way without and issues, and cheap!

the key with uship is finding someone headed your way, and being flexible. If you need the boat next week, not going to get as good of a deal as say if you needed it within 30 days.
Exactly. You get what you pay for. I used uship to ship a boston whaler on my trailer from fla to ny. Guy showed up at my house with a pickup that was barely holding on and kept stalling. He was delayed as he damaged the tire cowling on trailer and had to replace it, light on cowling still not hooked up, the cooler was missing (told me it wasnt there when he picked it up) , not true as i had someone there when he picked it up. Anyhow , it go there but i could def see the difference why he was much cheaper
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New boats pretty much always ship wrapped.

Why cant you find a boat in the PNW? Yeah, there are lots more boats in Florida, but maybe you should get something that is preferred in your area. For example, I would think small pilot house boats are super popular by you.

Anyway, congrats on being on the cusp of your first boat. I hope you love it.
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I just had s boat shipped from NY to So Cal from Silverlake transport here on this site and was very impressed and pleased with his service.
He used his trailer and charged $1.50/ mile. It was $1.00 on your own trailer.
Ive had 5 boats shipped cross country and I've only shrinkwrapped one. The wrap tore and damaged the gel coat.
the other 4 I've left uncovered.
my buddy shipped a Parker a few years ago using Uship and the boat disappeared for a couple of weeks but finally showed up.
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And figure on buying new tires and bearings (at least inspect and repack) before the trailer even leaves the east coast. The tires on both my trailers looked awesome yet there were multiple blowouts. Had 2 bearings crap out. You don’t want a 9pm call that you blew a tire that took out your wheel well which struck the boat and took a nice chuck of gel coat with it.
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Originally Posted by mattnyc View Post
New boats pretty much always ship wrapped.

Why cant you find a boat in the PNW? Yeah, there are lots more boats in Florida, but maybe you should get something that is preferred in your area. For example, I would think small pilot house boats are super popular by you.

Anyway, congrats on being on the cusp of your first boat. I hope you love it.
I have no idea where all the used 21'-24' dual console boats on the West Coast went. I've been pouring over Facebook, BoatTrader, YachtWorld, HullTruth, BD, Craigslist, independent dealer websites and I'm completely baffled. I even posted a WTB here yesterday and got over 100 views and 0 replies.

Living in Oregon with a family I'm looking for a dual console because I expect about 50% of our time will be on lakes pulling tubes, and fishing for lake trout -- the other 50% (hopefully) exploring the coastline, bays, etc. when the weather is nice.

Do you have any advice??? I'm really open to a lot of manufacturers... Cobia, Robalo, Scout, Grady...
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
most transporters don't allow canvas, covers, or shrink wrap

wax boat very well before transport

you might have some small damage but its a risk for cross-country ship

make sure transporter is legit, look up drivers record, get proof of all three types of insurance, independently verify it, make sure you do your due diligence, make sure your own insurance covers you, many require endorsements for long haults
Interesting comment. My experience is that every new boat shipped to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands leaves the East Coast boat factories in shrink wrap (at the customers expense). It's an option, but unless you or your dealer are close to the factory, they recommend protecting it.

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