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Old 12-15-2013   #11
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oops, forgot.

I have done a lot of rafts and such with Con-Way. They have a terminal here in Jenks area and I looked and they have one in Ft Smith as well. It is a lot cheaper if you ship to a terminal instead of an address.


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Old 12-15-2013   #12
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ABF, Arkansas Best Freight, is headquartered in Ft. Smith, look under Arkansas Best Corp. if they have a run out Cali way they might give you a discount if the truck is returning with less than a full load.

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Old 12-15-2013   #13
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Thanks guys I'll look into these!
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Old 12-15-2013   #14
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+1 for Old Dominion. I had them ship a boat from UT to Portland. Arrived on time and hassle free. I think it cost about $400 for the boat, oars and frame.
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Old 12-16-2013   #15
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Looked into them already, and they no longer do it since being bought out by another company. Thanks for the reply Outlaw! Anyone else?
Too bad. Is that a recent development? I used Forward Air last summer to ship a boat from Portland to Nashville.
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Old 12-16-2013   #16
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I've used Diamond freight with success a couple times.

If you choose to use a freight liner to ship your boat make sure you add: "Top load only!" to your shipping instructions. They will put a crate on your boat if you don't.... you don't want that to happen
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Old 12-16-2013   #17
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Freight Shipping Quotes Online: Freight Shipping Companies - Freightquote

They'll give you quotes from all the major freight companies that service that route. Shipping to a terminal or business address is always significantly cheaper than having it come to your house.
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Old 12-16-2013   #18
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Thanks for the helpful tips everyone!
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Old 12-17-2013   #19
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Not sure how it actually worked out, but I shipped my 14 ft Avon from Davis, CA to Easthampton, MA for $100 by UPS. I took the thwarts out, rolled it to fit in an old fridge box and took it to a local UPS store.

I was expecting more, but after measuring and weighing, they told me it would be $100. So, it might be worth throwing it in a box and taking it to the store to see what happens, each time I looked online I was seeing something in the neighborhood of $300.

Sounds like your shipping a kayak based on the GH length restrictions you talked about, I'm pretty sure that changes things from a weight restriction to a length restriction. For that I would suggest going to your local paddle shop and see how they ship boats. If you can get it shipped from the local paddle shop in Auburn you might be able to get the commercial shipping price which can be better.

Good luck.
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Why is no one stating the obvious??? Road trip to CA!

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