I just sent the deposit in on the truck on monday, I don't know exactly when I'm going but it will be within the next month! What size boat, how much does it weigh? We should be able to work something out. I've got your cell number so you can remove it from the post.
Capt is right. I got a good deal on the transport. I used deepwater transport out of one of the Carolinas. They transport all the factory parkers and agreed to get mine out here from Beaufort, SC. Had the boat less than a week after I signed the papers back east. They picked it up the next day.
I did a lot of research on this before doing it. You will not find a one way rental that will rent anyting to pull a boat of some size with. Uhaul might be an option depending on boat weight. If you hire someone look for someone fairly local as most charge you from thier door to yours.
Since yours is considerably closer than mine it might be worth it to do it yourself. While I did consider this I qucikly learned I made the right call as dragging a Parker all over the US does not seem to fun because of weight and width.
We`are considering getting rid of our 2300CC Parker, and possibly go up to the larger, pilothouse/cuddy Parker.
What was the price advantage (if you don't mind divulging) to buying at the factory (or east coast dealer) vs. out here?
Alan From SD
A ton. First the market itself. Out here the pilothouses sell within days of hitting the market, unless the rig has something no one wants (i.e. turbo gas motor)or is priced way too high to begin with. Second the number of boats back east is greater which lets you shop around for the right one. People have a harder time selling them back east.
The draw backs are the boats are usally not rigged for west coast sportfishing and need to be trasnported out here. I added a windlass, rocket launchers, bait tank, and washdown. Some may think this is a big deal but even after the added equipment costs and the transportation costs I could sell mine tomorrow and make about ten grand off it. But then again I looked for about a year before the right one came along.
I am only talking used boats. I know what Ron at Johnson's and Rob at Sundance sell thier boats for and trust me when I say they don't end up making bank on each boat they sell. Parkers hold value and the factory sells the rigs new to reflect that.
Will send you a PM with what I got and what I paid to give you a starting point.
I will suggest you Citizenshipper texas boat shipping service. I am also there service and i was pretty much satisfied with their service,
Here is an important tip for you guys Use shrink wrap to protect the exterior of your boat from salt, soot, etc. Concentrate on securing vulnerable areas of your boat if it is impossible to cover it entirely.