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witness posted 03-24-2002 11:14 AM ET (US)   Profile for witness   Send Email to witness  
I know I have read in several posts about potential shipping charges, experiences and companies for shipping Whalers across the country, but I can't find an old thread to go back to, so I thought I would start a new thread so that it can be easly searched in the future and also help me out in the process.
I may need to ship our revenge from Delaware to either California or Utah, two different very interested individuals. So any advice or help would be great. I have heard some mention that some trucking companies are looking for loads on their return across country, but I can't find too much info on this. Also I don't have any experience with any "boat movers".
Any help is greatly appreciated, as always...
tflyer posted 03-24-2002 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for tflyer  Send Email to tflyer     
Witness: While this is a slightly different scenario then your situation, it might be worth checking into. Several years ago I had to ship my 25' Whaler from Bellingham, Wa. to San Francisco. I located and used a boat transport co. based out of the greater Seattle area,( I think??). Dudley Boat Transport. They loaded my Whaler, trailer and all on thier low-boy along with several other bay-area bound boats and delivered it to me with no huge problems, (they some how managed to snap the vhf ant?) The service was fast and the price about $1000 as I recall.
In my years of trucking all over the country I have seen their trucks everywhere. There are many, many trucking co. around and It's probably a good idea to shop this move hard. Seems I've heard that $1.00 per mile might be a starting point??
I also know that there are many boats being shipped from the south east,ie.Fla., headed west. Shamrock boats in Fla. ships to the west coast regularly. You might check with their shippers who want to fill out a load. Tom W. Clark may have more info on Dudley, as I believe he's in that area. Just a couple of thoughts, Luck!!!.....Tom
Vinyl Works posted 03-25-2002 10:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Vinyl Works  Send Email to Vinyl Works     

You might even try looking at this website, not sure what their rates are, but hey every were you can look makes you that much smarter as a customer.


jimh posted 03-25-2002 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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Marc posted 03-27-2002 05:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marc  Send Email to Marc     
Mike (aka Witness):
I'm on the other end of the deal. I want to buy a whaler and might have to have it shipped from the east to the west coast. I got a quote today for shipping a 17' whaler from S.C. to California. He quoted me $2995. About $1.12 a mile. He was with SPECIALTY SHIPPING INC. out of Florida. I do NOT have any experience with their service but they seemed experienced and qualified. He also stated that with the steady increase in gas costs (thanks OPEC!), he costs went up which makes shipping a boat more expensive. I'll post more information as I find out anything. It would be nice though to get info from people with actual shipping experiences. Marc...

peteinsf posted 03-27-2002 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
Call Stan @ Peterson Transport, just had him ship two boats. Great guy...


Tom, did the driver seem OK?

JohnAz posted 03-27-2002 06:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
call me, Frugal,,,Cheep,,,,Thrifty,,but for just under $3,000 I would drive it my self, across the country
witness posted 03-28-2002 12:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for witness  Send Email to witness     
Thank you all. So far I have a few quotes for about $1.00 per mile, a few higher (between $2900 and $3450). I called the suggested numbers, just waiting for a reply. Now it looks like I need a surveyor in the Lewes DE area. The boat is not yet sold, but getting closer.
And as far as a drive across country, I have played with the idea, but I dunno, it just seems far and I'd have to rent a truck, so it would get expensive. But we will see...
Thanks again to all.
Marc posted 03-28-2002 12:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marc  Send Email to Marc     

Just got another quote over the internet for shipping east to west coast. I didn't get the company name but he quoted me $1800.00. I'll get the name when I return to work Friday. Tomorrow is sturgeon/striper day in the Delta. I'll keep you posted with any new details...Marc.

witness posted 03-28-2002 01:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for witness  Send Email to witness     
That would be great, thanks!
Bigshot posted 03-28-2002 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
For $3k I would rent a truck, grab the old lady and drive that thing accross stopping at all major sites and doing some boating. Would be the trip of a lifetime.

For $3k I might even drive the thing through the Panama canal:)

A 17' might be able to be put INSIDE a moving van. Try Allied van lines and see. I know my 24' Baja was too big but they offered the service.

witness posted 03-28-2002 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for witness  Send Email to witness     
Wow, Stan @ Peterson Transport quoted me $2100, and that includes everything. That seems to be a good price! It looks like we are getting close to deposit time. I am now waiting on the potential buyer to arrange for a survey. He is taking care of the leads from surveyors that I sent him.
Thank you all again.
Salmon Tub posted 03-28-2002 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
Try calling a regular container trucking co. I think if you could fit it into a 20' container, it may be cheaper to do that. They may even have a 40' you could split with someone.
peteinsf posted 03-28-2002 04:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    

How big a boat? And where from/to?


Ready2Rip posted 03-28-2002 04:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ready2Rip  Send Email to Ready2Rip     
I believe Mike's boat is a Revenge 22 W/T with the whalerdrive option.


witness posted 03-28-2002 05:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for witness  Send Email to witness     
You are right, thank you!

From Lewes DE to LA CA...


Marc posted 03-29-2002 03:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marc  Send Email to Marc     

Try They apparantly get bids from several transport companies and email the quotes to you. I have gotten 2 so far. One for $1,800 and another for $1,900.

This was for shipping a 17'er from S.C. to CA. Marc...

witness posted 03-29-2002 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for witness  Send Email to witness     
I posted with them but have no response so far. Its a great idea though.

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