"First Time with U-ship worked well"
shipping from Mobile, Alabama to Bellingham, Washington for $8,500.00
Our orginal plans had us sailing from the east coast of the US to the West Coast but time and money ran out. That meant shipping the boat. This saves both time and money. We called and emailed several companies and got several quotes but there were time frame and deposit issues that were hard for us because we were still cruising.
When we finally stopped and had access to the internet we decided to try U-Ship. The site makes it easy to track the various bids and to ask questions as well as learn abit about the shipping company by their response to past problems as most people post comments.
The company we selected has decades of experience in moving our model of boat but you wouldn't know it because they were new with U-Ship. That should be addressed. Too much concern about companies cutting U-Ship out of their commission results in companies using different names. I think U-Ship should reconsider the restrictions as that might encourage bigger companies to use them. Maybe use different billing options.
As far as saving money I'm not sure we did that. Calling around got us lower quotes but it was hard to determine what kind of company we were dealing with. U-Ship does result in companies not high balling quotes and hoping for a hit. That was very common when calling for quotes. Some were 2X as much as we ended up paying and we did not go with the lowest quote. When moving a boat a lower quote is not always better.
When we were off loading our boat we saw the damage from a boat shipped from the same area as ours. The owner seemed pleased that his shipping cost was thousands cheaper but his boat and mast suffered damage that would be completely unacceptable to us, not to mention it would cost thousands to repair. BTW the companies that need insurance do not seem to have insurance when required.
U-Ship addresses these issues by making it easy to see peoples comments and see how companies handled problems.
I would and plan to use UShip again.