Trucking a Westsail 32

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  • May 09, 2012 7:46 PM
    Message # 916134
    I'm looking at shipping a westsail 32 accross the country. Does anyone have any experience in that area.
  • May 09, 2012 9:44 PM
    Reply # 916189 on 916134
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    Sure do.  Had a WS-32 trucked from Georgia to Oklahoma 4 years ago.  The shipper was great and I would (will) use again.  Contact Connie at  The only advise would be to make sure the diesel tanks are empty before trucking.  Mine weren't and a seam split in one --- lost diesel was nothing but getting it out, relacing lines stored below the sole and getting rid of the stench were horrific jobs.  I may have gotten used to it, but some claim they can still get a faint whiff of diesel.  Good luck and let us know how it goes as I'm possibly looking at trucking again, this time to Prince Edward Island unless I can find time and crew to sail from Galveston TX (still needs trucking to Galveston).  The real cost is probably about the same for either option.


  • May 09, 2012 10:21 PM
    Reply # 916212 on 916134

    Ralph thanks for the info thats a great help. I'm looking at buying a boat in Michigan and moving it to Marina Del Rey California. This site and all of you have been a great help in getting very helpful information.


  • May 10, 2012 4:31 AM
    Reply # 916393 on 916134


    I'm actually shipping a W32 to Wisconsin from the Chesapeake in a couple weeks.  My shipper is a friend of a friend, and this will be his second W32 he has shipped.  He is a sailboat owner as well and knows how to properly package and support the boat on the truck for safe and worry free shipping.  He is also reasonably priced, by this I mean that the value added to having him ship my W32 out weighs the higher price.  Not too much higher, but reasonable for the task at hand.  I wouldn't let just anybody, or even the lowest bidder, ship my baby across the country.  There is a serious amount of trust put into the shipper, and I feel like my W32 will be in great hands.  Let me know if you want his contact information.


  • May 10, 2012 5:44 AM
    Reply # 916418 on 916134


    Yes I would definitely like his name. It is a big commitment and I've read about some bad experiences. Since I'm doing it from long distance it would be great to work with someone you trust. Thanks for the information


  • May 11, 2012 4:30 PM
    Reply # 918050 on 916134
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    And I too would like his contact info Tyler.  A lot of damage can be done during trucking and can be avoided by using the right outfit.  The trip to PEI is 2,500 miles but it's 3.500 by sea and I don't know if I'm really up to it.  I wake up at night with the sweats just thinking about it, but the light of dawn says hell yes you can do it.  So shipping is becoming ever more attractive.  Un;ess somebody wants an adventure...
  • May 12, 2012 8:32 AM
    Reply # 918455 on 916134
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    Distances (MI to Marina Del Rey) versus Oklahoma to PEI, Canada look pretty much the same.  What are you expecting to pay for the transpotation with $4 diesel.  I'm guessing about $4 per loaded mile but I think it all depends on availability of backhauls for the trucker, so the exact shipping date may have to float to get a decent price.  Will be very interested to learn the kind of quotes you get.  I'm figuring a $10,000 haul will come out about even with the actual cost (time, wear & tear) of sailing from point to point.  Unfortunately, you really don't have that option.
  • May 12, 2012 10:41 AM
    Reply # 918505 on 916134

    Greg & Ralph,

    My W32 comes in May 25th (and I cannot wait), but after then I'll post again to give a detailed account of my experience having Larry ship my boat.  I have no doubt that it will be a good one, and I think it would be great to share with you two, as well as the rest of the association.


  • May 14, 2012 2:37 PM
    Reply # 920163 on 916134
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    I had My boat shipped using  His price was not the lowest, but he seamed to do a very good job. (not one nick from the shipment! and Larry seams to be a OK guy) I think he is still out of SanDeigo area.

    When you ship via truck, you will find (times are not exact, be ready to wait, you will love having a cell phone, and no they don't work on your schedule.) If you can decomission your boat yourself you save $$$$$. Bubble wrap carpet and lots of duck tape,  Tape around the carpet and try not to tape anything you don't want the tape stuck to forever.  Keep all canvas below.   Wax the boat before shipping (The dirt comes off much better)

    Also figure out how to do wire transfers, and keep the last of the cost in cash for the delivery it gives you some leverage if needed.
    If you have someone pack the boat, there will be damage, and no one will fess up!! two people pointing at each other = you just pay and smile!!!!!

    If you prep (the ends pickup and delivery)  things should go better.  Also dead heading for the tuckers is big $$$$$$.  So try to be flexible for a connecting load (boat).   

    Last modified: May 14, 2012 2:43 PM | Deleted user
  • May 14, 2012 4:35 PM
    Reply # 920254 on 916134
    Deleted user
    Good comments from all, nothing much to add other than: Check the carrier's insurance! Not only for damages that could be caused TO your boat-in-transport but to any damages that might be accidentally caused BY your boat-in-transport. We live in a very litigious society.
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