Originally Posted by JLD
I stumbled across an interesting thread on the Albin Owners Group forum this morning, Nightmare Overland Albin 35 TE Shipper/Transport
It is a thread about a new boat owner shipping his boat from the east coast to the west coast. The owner did a lot of research into buying a boat, but relied on the seller's broker for a recommendation for transport. Needless to say, the transport company was not a good choice.
On page 3 of the thread the OP put together a nice 'Tips for Transport' list based on what he learned from his experience.
I've always dreaded transporting boats and things, especially big things. I've had lousy experience with most shipping over the years.
Back when I was in business, I'd routinely have to ship heavy equipment across the country, stuff that weight from 500 lbs to several tons. (printing equipment). Over the first 5 years of business, 100% of the shipments were damaged, way late or they tried to add bogus charges. From then on, I hired my own guy, truck, riggers, fork lift and did it myself. Cost a bit more, but I was totally in control and worked well.
Surprising, there were several items that I shipped by air that was more reliable and picked it up from the air shippers warehouse, and was about the same cost as trucking.
Now, transporting a boat has got to be a big and delicate job. Proper loading, removal of fly bridges and/or radar arches, etc.
I'd sure NOT want to do it. I passed on a very nice boat in Canada because of the possible shipping hassles.