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Old 05-19-2015   #1
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Raft Shipping

Hey everyone,

Long time lurker, first time poster. I am heading home to Georgia (live in CO) to take a look at what will hopefully be my first boat. I am going to have to ship it out, and via fedex given its weight of 137 lb it will cost a little over $100. I was wondering if anyone has an experience shipping a boat? What did you pack the boat in? What carrier did you use? Any advice greatly appreciated!

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Old 05-19-2015   #2
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Roll it get it on a pallet with some can straps. And plastic wrap it or put a card board box over it. Old dominion freight. I wouldn't trust FedEx to ship a stool sample.

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Old 05-19-2015   #3
NIMBY, Oregon
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I used Fedex for about the same price a few years ago. Rolled it up, put it in a boat bag, locked the zipper, and shipped it with a square scrap PVC for shipping labels clipped to the lock. I do remember asking the person at the counter how much it cost to ship a boat and the funny look I received. As always... get insurance.
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Old 05-19-2015   #4
Steamboat springs, Colorado
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I'm in the shipping business. I would definitely send it freight, on a pallet. UPS and FEDEX both offer freight options. Having it picked up and delivered to a business will save you $$$.
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Old 05-19-2015   #5
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+1 for Old dominion. I had them ship a boat, frame and oars on a pallet 6 or 7 years ago. Can't remember what it cost, but they were easy to work with and delivered quicker than predicted.
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