Originally Posted by proselli
Hello, Can anyone share their experience with hauling a 36' Marine Trader Sundeck Trawler from Florida to New Jersey via TRUCK? Does the flybridge come down? Are you aware of any problems with re-installing the flybridge and all of the electronics? Any suggestions for haulers?
I just (as in last week) had my girl trucked via Mike Marshall Marine's service.
Call him: 850-899-5319
Website: Marshall Marine Fiberglass & Transport
What I liked: I was quoted a price for a trailer transport... as in Seaweed would simply ride on a regular trailer that was backed into the water. Then, the trailer type I would need (Shamrock or Float-On) were not available.
Thus he sent a 50+ foot hydrolic trailer at no additional cost
. I like that he is a man of his word.
However, this trailer type (which would accommodate your boat no doubt) meant I had to pay for a lift onto and off of the trailer. Okay. Done.
AND I got screwed at River Haven Marina (in Steinhatchee, FL) for the lift out. Was quoted $23. Went to pay for overnight dockage and the lift. Because it was just an out (rather than an in and out) paid $11.50. And yes, I did say I was going to be placed on a hydrolic trailer when I was quoted the $23.
Was thrilled to pay just $11.50. Then some man (older, probably a mucky-muck or owner) decided it would cost me additional for the "extra work" (none thank you as the driver did the alignment!) .
End result: An extra $37.50 and a VERY VERY VERY unhappy customer who will never ever recommend River Haven Marina again -- not unless you get the price in writing. And even then... well, suffice it to say I've been quite vocal about my experience. And yes, I'm still steamed.
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Furthermore, after she was secured to the trailer the driver drove about 5 miles, then pulled off and again went around the boat verifying all was well. It was, but this is my home and I appreciated the attention to detail.
The driver arrived on time to pick me up -- a bit early as a matter of fact.
The driver didn't speed and was careful, courteous, etc. (He allowed me to ride back with him in the truck, with my dog.)
It was a good trip.
And, when it comes time to leave again I am seriously considering again using Marshall Marine's service (this time the regular type trailer as Seaweed will fit on one of those with a keel cutout)
I would recommend Mike Marshall. Tell him I said "hi"