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I need to send a kayak from Reno to Florida. Anybody have any experience on the cheapest way to get a kayak across the country? Thanks in advance.
08-01-2005, 10:58 AM
What kind of boat? (it does matter)
The kayak is a Big Wheel.
08-01-2005, 04:23 PM
Sports Express is pretty expensive shipping across the country and I had 2 kayaks shipped from NC to Grass Valley w/Old Dominion for the price of one w/Sports Express. Call and check out how to get the kayak to them but they should be able to ship to a business address.
08-01-2005, 04:47 PM
I have shipped at least three boats and received two via Forward Air. They have numerous outlets on the east coast but only a handful in the west. Most boats (not large creekers) go for around $65 bucks. They are a freight hauling company, not by air. The pick up and drop off locations are close to airports. Closest are San Francisco, Sacramento and Las Vegas. I found them to be very helpful both over the phone and once I arrived at their desk. You can find them on the internet.
08-01-2005, 04:50 PM
Just curious. What are you going to do with a play boat in Swampland? I know the obvious answer is ocean surf but I thought Florida didn't get much of a wave break. Like I said just curious when I saw the post. Good info. thanks.
Thanks for the help. I called Old Dominion, they wanted $550 to ship from Reno to Miami. Outdoorplay shipped me a boat via OD in the past, and when I asked them if that's what they charge Outdoorplay they had no answer. Maybe I just got a clerk who didn't know what he was doing. So, I called Forward Air, they wanted $47 to ship from Sacramento to Miami. It was a tough call, but I went with Forward Air.
To the person who asked what the boat is for, it's for a friend who lives in Florida. He wants to use it for surfing. Apparently hurricane season has kicked up some nice swells.
08-02-2005, 08:21 PM
I have shipped kayaks before and forward air is the way to go. Its pretty inexpensive. The only catch is you need to get to an airport where they ship from and the receiver needs to pick it up at an airport that they ship to. Check out their website at forwardair.com.
08-05-2005, 06:37 PM
I shipped a juice 6.9 by FedEx to Gauley last fall: cost me about $80 each way, and was delivered from FedEx Kinkos to my friend's door in Oak Hill, WV. Has to be in a cardboard box. There IS a combined size limit: they add circumference of box to length, or something, and it has to be under a certain number. My Juice was, my Pyranha M3 was not.
Hope this helps
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