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Old 06-24-2007   #1
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Travelling, renting boats?

The only time I have travelled and paddled is when I drove to California with my boat. I wanted to fly my next trip due to lack of vacation time but wanted to take my large burn or at least paddle one. I have heard of people flying with their boats but it seems to be hit or miss with a large creek boat. Has anyone had success with flying and just renting a boat on the other end?

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Old 06-25-2007   #2
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In the end, if you are successful you will end up paying more to get the boat on the plane than the rental fee... then you have to worry about getting it back home, carrying it around the airport, etc.

I rent when I travel long distance and just bring some foam/duct tape for a quick outfit. Then go huck in the rental, scrape that bad boy up all you want.
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I once did a middle fork trip in idaho while I lived in new orleans. I shipped my boat to the boise airport location of forward air and the shipping cost less than a 1 week boat rental, and it was my boat vs new outfitting etc. It could be an option to check out. Only problem is that you need to ship your boat 7-10 days before you go, and it will take potentially the same time getting it back, so you are without a boat for a while. Not an issue when in Lousy-anna, but definitely an issue while the water is running here.
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Keep in mind that shipping has gone through the roof, the big 3 (dhl, fedex, ups) recently raied rates for shipping. The last boat I shipped was a pocket rocket & I paid $130 & wasn't in a hurry, WAY more than for any other that I've sent. Companies like sport shippers may have been behind on the curve, but I'm sure they caught up by now because they use fedex for their shipping.
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Thats not really a worry. The big 3 doesnt ship large boats anyway. If Fedex express would ship my boat, this problem would be solved.
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"NEVER TRUST FEDEX!" says godzilla.
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Old 06-28-2007   #7
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Thats not really a worry. The big 3 doesnt ship large boats anyway. If Fedex express would ship my boat, this problem would be solved.

Actually, like I said, the other companies like sportshippers use the big 3 to actually ship the boat. You pay them & Fedex or DHL show up to pick it up even though fedex won't accept creekers otherwise. So, those prices are affected by the rate hike.
All I'm saying is check around on prices before you decide based on outdated info.
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I tried to ship a Godzilla to someone who bought it on the East coast last fall. No one would do it so I had to go with a freight line. It sucked because they said they could take it at there location nearby but then when the time came they wouldn't so I had to drive to downtown D-town to there main place. They said that because it was a hardshell with no concern about damage, I didn't have to box it (which was good because I couldn't find anywhere with boxes big enough for a Godzilla). Then I get there and they are like "oh, yeah, we won't take it if it's not packaged." So I bought three rolls of bubble wrap there, duck-taped the shit out of it and called it good.

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I work for Fedex Express so I know their policies and the reason that they dont ship large boats. Hence crows comment on Fedex, standard abuse. If we could ship my burn I would have it and my gear waiting for me after I rented my car. Sad to say thats not the case. So I am back to renting. Anyone know good places to rent in the SE? I had a suggestion of rockcreek. Anyone with experience with them?
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Good luck renting. I've always had trouble finding places that are willing to rent boats.

Some friends and I took a class at Nantahala Outdoor Center. They were willing to rent to us during the class, but very reluctant to rent to us for a couple days of paddling prior to our class. (This would be understandable if it was a beginner class...but it wasn't.) In the end, we were able to rent from them, and they were great to work with. You might give them a try.

As an aside, we stopped at the US National Whitewater Park in Charlotte, NC. It was amazing to find out that they do not rent boats...they only demo them. What's the difference? You can "demo" a boat for 90 minutes...and cannot demo another one that day. This defies logic.
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