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Shipping a boat.

I need to move a Prostar 197 from Orlando to Madison, WI. Any suggestions on shipping carriers or other options??


  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,799 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    MRE is a local company (MN) that was started by a friend of mine and he sold it to another friend. Might try talking with them - otherwise uship.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • jimskijimski Posts: 586 Crazy Baller
    I used this guy found him on u-ship he towed a boat for me from Angola Indiana to Seattle Washington
    I would definitely use him again he did a terrific job
    Kenny 1-618-889-1484
  • TustinTomTustinTom Posts: 105 Baller

    Do NOT use UAT Lines out of Miami. Damaged my car in delivery from Daytona Beach MB.

    Also, if it is a new to you purchase, make sure it is Insured before it is picked-up. You may want to ask if it will be "dropped off at a depot/switching station" and picked up by another driver. I think this is where my damage occurred.

  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 806 Mega Baller
    Try you can set up a bid request and different drivers can provide quotes and dates, most drivers include references and bios. I shipped my boat form CA to MI and had a great experience.
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,578 Mega Baller
    +1 on the U-ship, I sold my 1964 Ranchero on ebay a couple years ago and sent it to WI, just always check references ans have insurance coverage
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • clemsondaveclemsondave Posts: 369 Baller
    +2 on uship. I used it to find a guy semi local. I contacted him directly the second year.
    Dave Satterfield - Richmond Water Ski Club
  • KelvinKelvin Posts: 1,270 Mega Baller
    Definitely do your homework on uShip drivers. I few years ago I sold my boat to a guy in Austrailia. The boat needed to get to the port in LA and the buyer used uShip. That transaction went fine, but the Austrailian buyer bought another boat here in the US and tried to use the same uShip guy again and prepaid him for the job. He never heard from the shipper again.
    Kelvin Kelm, Lakes of Katy, Katy Texas
  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,111
    Bob Grizzi
  • crashmancrashman Posts: 722 Crazy Baller
    Uship can be a good place to start but x2 on doing homework. Lots of low cost "shippers" will have no insurance or an inadequate tow vehicle. Another option is to chat with some of the RV factories in northern indiana and see who they use to take RVs to orlando and see if they can bring the boat to you on a back haul. The guy who brought my boat to Indy from California had taken an RV to Sacramento and was picking up another in Elkhart to take to Oklahoma.
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  • mwetskiermwetskier Posts: 1,337 Mega Baller
    speaking of * uship * wayne kraft of autokraft is the best we have ever used for cars or boats - you can see his customer satisfaction rating at 100 %
  • barefooter2ballerbarefooter2baller Posts: 30 Baller
    Thank you for all the advise!!
  • PurdueSkierPurdueSkier Posts: 200 Baller
    @barefooter2baller‌ is this a new to you purchase? If so congrats on the purchase. Any pictures of the boat?
  • ColeGiacopuzziColeGiacopuzzi Posts: 474 Open or Level 9 Skier
    I don't know if you still need help on this, @barefooter2baller‌ but in October we went through shipping our 200 from silver spray sports in Michigan to California! We used uship and it was great got here in 2 days, if you would like the guy we used just let me know he was awesome! Enjoy your boat!
  • barefooter2ballerbarefooter2baller Posts: 30 Baller
    @colebrah thanks the for info, I'm gonna make a trip to Florida to pick it up and do some skiing.
  • ColeGiacopuzziColeGiacopuzzi Posts: 474 Open or Level 9 Skier
    No worries! Sounds awesome, have fun! Cheers to some skiing! @barefooter2baller‌
  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,251 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Does anyone have a rough cost/mile or rule of thumb to estimate a shipping cost?
  • barefooter2ballerbarefooter2baller Posts: 30 Baller
    sounds like .75 is an average number.
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