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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Attributes for Selecting a Boat Transporter

Several months ago we started calling various boat transporters, trying to determine who much it was going to cost to transport our Gemini 3200, to the coast. The information that we received gave us an idea of how much to budget. Without knowing exactly where we were going, we put the cart before the horse.

Now that we have picked a marina, it's time to get serious about finding the right transporter for our boat. This is extremely important to us, because Ariel is a member of our family. This is not like shipping a sewing machine or a chair. Based on this, here is a list of attributes, for a transporter, that we thought were important.
  1. Explicit operating knowledge of source and destination marinas
  2. Explicit knowledge of route between source and destination marinas
  3. Demonstrated ability to transport 32 foot catamaran with a 14 foot beam or larger
  4. Offers insurance to cover the boat, in case of damage or loss (beyond basic cargo insurance)
  5. Reliable
  6. Personable

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