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Shipping Dinghys cross country

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Any recommendations on good ways/shipment companies to transport a set of 4 dinghys and coach boat cross country from Buffalo or Detroit area to Los Angeles?

 

If the dinghies are really small (Opti, Moth or UFO range), shipping them LTL in crates is very economical. If they're long or tall or wide, paying a college kid to drive the rig is your best move.

 

DRC

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505 Fleet does it regularly with both trucks and containers. There is a container/truck every year from the east to west or vise versa for the North Americans, as well as multiple containers to the worlds from US.

 

Good article in SW about the Vipers and how they consulted with our shipping Guru to get boats to their worlds in Bermuda

 

http://www.sailingworld.com/transportation-challege

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I've had very good experiences with the following to ship small dinghy's (Finn and IC) long distances.

 

Chris Linka (look for Link-A-Solutions LLC on Facebook for contact info)

 

Harold "Caj" Flynn (cajflynn@gmail.com) / Rick Peters (starboatguy@aol.com)

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It is important to select good shipping company. Always search for a company that offers high quality and professional services. There are a number of auto shipping providers in the market and thus you need to research well. Recently one of my friends shipped his car with the help of car transport newark company. To know more you can get more information from this source.

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505 Fleet does it regularly with both trucks and containers. There is a container/truck every year from the east to west or vise versa for the North Americans, as well as multiple containers to the worlds from US.

 

Good article in SW about the Vipers and how they consulted with our shipping Guru to get boats to their worlds in Bermuda

 

http://www.sailingworld.com/transportation-challege

Speaking of which a container (or two) could/should be going from the west coast to MA and back in June for the NAs. Given that the Worlds are also on the east coast in September there may not be too many takers so there may be room in any trucks/containers going back and forth.

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Try contacting a local freight forwarder, (or perhaps more than one). A 29er is probably too big to crate and do true LTL (like Fedex or UPS). Also helps to explain that you're a kid trying to get to a regatta without spending a fortune!But sometimes the freight forwarders know of space in some trucks that may be moving cross continent empty after a haul.

 

Also don't forget that rail shipping can be quite economical if done through the right forwarder / shipping line. Plus maybe Box Car Willy will take care of your boat as it travels!

 

Of course Uship, as mentioned, can also be very effective.

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Contact Dave Ellis. He's on here as SailWriter. He's a sailor and a US Sailing PRO, he knows how to take care of boats. He's doing a trip to the NW early next month with a Viper and grabbing a mast for me on the way back. He's also taking a 505 from Florida to Mass in June. He could be just the guy for you if you have your boats on a trailer. If you need his email address, PM me.

 

The trucking company that the 505 class uses is called Sports Associated. They are the company that Laser Performance uses to deliver truck loads of new boats. However, it doesn't always work if you can't fill the truck up.

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Hey, my summer is already filled with traveling and race committee duties.

I remember fondly back when I actually got to go sailing.

Dave Ellis

Tampa Bay, Florida

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