Shipping a boat from Buxton Marine

swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,640 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
We just bought an '06 196TE from Buxton Marine this morning:) First off, kudos to Buxton as they are awesome!! I'm blown away at the customer service, and highly recommend them to anyone in the market! Do you guys have any advice on the most cost-effective method to ship it up to WI? I'll try uShip for bids, but Buxton also has a guy who charges $1.35 per mile which seems kind of high?

Scott Calderwood


  • crashmancrashman Posts: 722 Crazy Baller
    road trip!- then you can ski it when you're there. If not then be careful with uShip- you'll get some non-legit offers. You might check with the RV dealers and see if you can find somebody hauling RVs from the factories in Northern Indiana- I found a guy to bring me a boat to Indy from Sacramento on his way back to pick up another RV in Elkhart. Having the dealer shrink wrap the boat for shipping was money well spent.

    slalom addiction triggering irrational behavior

  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,545 Mega Baller
    Nice boat. Like the black and gray. Great price, too! I'm assuming the Excalibur engine will be receiving a ZO retrofit.

    I think there was some discussion on here about Wayne from uShip as being a great choice to ship the boat.

    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.

  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,889 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Just my typical local guy recommendation
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,545 Mega Baller
    The "Wayne" from uShip is from AutoKraft and has user id "autokraft123". When I last looked, he has a perfect 5 star rating on all 144 reviews.

    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.

  • JdubsJdubs Posts: 105 Baller
    No idea about shipping, but have to agree that the guys at Buxton are top notch.
  • jedgelljedgell Posts: 393 Solid Baller
    Had my eye on that one too, nice looking boat! Ended up getting an '08, just made the deal today!
    Justin Edgell - Bozeman, MT
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,640 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Congrats!! The '08 that popped up on SIA? Nice boat if it is! I can all but guarantee I will have the lowest price ZO boat on the planet... At least a "late" model. So stoked at the deal we worked out!

    Scott Calderwood

  • kstateskierkstateskier Posts: 524 Solid Baller
    Sweet boat! Fly down, ski it, rent a truck and drive it home!
    Bradley Beach - Lone Rock Ski Club, Missouri
    2004 Malibu Response LXI, 2014 D3 Helix 66"
  • ColeGiacopuzziColeGiacopuzzi Posts: 576 Open or Level 9 Skier
    Your best bet is uship, in October we had our 200 shipped form MI to CA. When you do get offers, be sure the person has multiple reviews and is legit. We had our boat shipped in 2 and a half days it was great!
  • Moskier3evMoskier3ev Posts: 195 Baller
    I have used multiple shippers, you are getting real good advice on choosing a shipper. Most important to me if the dealer has the availability to shrink wrap the boat. Its worth the money. I keep a Malibu shrink wrap from the factory at all times. That way if I have to ship a boat, I have a shrink wrap. I had a cover come off on one of my boats I shipped. Learned a lesson.

    Still have that 14 TXI $42,500. Pics on SIA It needs a new home.

    Jeff Lindsey
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,640 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Beautiful TXi Jeff has for sale. Great price too, just more than we decided to bite off this year.

    Scott Calderwood

  • BrennanKMNBrennanKMN Posts: 605 Crazy Baller
    edited February 2015
    Congrats on the purchase. I recall you have been looking for quite a while.

    I know if it were me I would be driving down and picking it up, but I also understand that is not feasible for most. (I like driving and can average 1000 miles a day pretty easy) With regards to the cost per mile you were quoted. That is actually pretty reasonable; $2 or more a mile is not uncommon.

    Hauling the bout on the provided trailer vs. on separate trailer is something to inquire about as well. I would prefer that my boat and trailer be put on a separate trailer - should be pretty feasible with a 196. I would also get the whole thing wrapped before it leaves Texas, lots of winter out there!

    Congrats again. That's a beautiful boat!

  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,640 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Buxton will shrink wrap it after it's detailed. I may just drive down, ski then head north and wait for the ice to melt. Also thinking of flying down, but I'm not sure there's a rental company that allows one to tow? I've never checked.

    Scott Calderwood

  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,640 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @oldjeep I requested a quote from your guy, thanks!

    @BrennanKMN I'll pay you to go get it:)

    Scott Calderwood

  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,929 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Lots of places to ski down here nearby.
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Chairman of the Board

  • RivvyRivvy Posts: 146 Baller
    I looked into renting a truck and towing. Nobody allows it but all full size vehicles have receivers?? They really get you on a one way rental though. Would have been way cheaper to drive down. I did end up paying 1.25 per mile. Mine was a pontoon out of Florida. For a ski boat up u really ought to road trip it and sneak in a set. Either way congrats!
  • MichaelGoodmanMichaelGoodman Posts: 215 Baller
    Rent a SUV it is usually cheaper then renting a truck.
  • TidburyTidbury Posts: 16 Baller
    Probably not the best advice but I had a buddy that towed a dune buggy one way from California to Michigan. He reserved trucks through a few rental companies at the airport. He went company to company and crawled under the trucks to see which one had a receiver. Budget had a Chevy truck with a trim piece over the receiver. He just removed the trim and installed a hitch. Once he got back he just put the trim back and they were none the wiser.
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,839 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    I did what @Tidbury buddy did. Worked great but 1 way rentals are $600 plus.
    Shut up and ski
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,640 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I think a semi-retired buddy of mine is running down for me. It'll save me quite a bit of scratch.

    Scott Calderwood

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