We bought a place in Key West so it was either sell the boat or ship it from Los Angeles.
I didn't think I'd be able to afford it --its a big heavy boat -- but USHIP put me in touch with a dozen shippers who gave me a range of bids.
Thomas Duncan, an experienced 'Big Boat' hauler with a Peterbilt Flatbed, gave me a reasonable bid that I could afford.
He had great feedback, a perfect safety record, a can do attitude and the right equipment to do it.
He got to LA when he promised, in a week with 3 different bad storms. He loaded the boat on the only safe day and got on the road safely and I didn't worry after that -- it was clear that the boat was safe with Thomas.
He coordinated his schedule to mine so that I could get to Key West to meet the boat -- Thomas was there a day ahead of schedule and unloaded the boat right into our spot without a hitch.
He had to take down the high radar dome when he left LA, and we put it up together before he our Florida house.
About two hours after he'd left, he called me to remind me to make sure those bolts were tightened -- he didn't have to do that, but it was the right thing to do if you are a professional, and at the top of your game -- the details make the difference.
The next day, we had the boat running in the Atlantic, and caught our dinner in the Gulf Stream.
Its like some kind of weird fantasy to have my Pacific boat in the Atlantic, where I'd always thought, 'if only.'
Thanks USHIP and Thomas Duncan -- the boat is happy, I'm happy, and we're catching a big one in your honor!