Boat Hauler Recommendations

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Capt.Will, Dec 15, 2019.

  1. Capt.Will

    Capt.Will Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    Lake St. Clair
    1997 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI Mercruiser Inboards
    I need my 33 Sundancer hauled from Buffalo, NY to Detroit, MI. Anyone have any recommendations out there? Or even companies to stay away from. What to look for in a company or anything of that nature. Who have you used and what was your experiences. Thanks in advance. William
  2. my3sons

    my3sons Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 24, 2009
    NY (Lake Erie)
    2004 400DB, Onan 9 kw Gen, Highfield RIB,
    Cummins 6CTA
    I used Lockview Marina out of Cuyuga NY to haul our 330 DA from the St. Lawrence to Buffalo. I was working and didn't have the time to move it on it's own bottom. That was 20 years ago and worked fine. I know they still haul, but no recent experience.
  3. Great Lakes

    Great Lakes Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 11, 2016
    Lake St. Clair - Michigan (MacRay Harbor)
    2005 390 Sundancer
    GHS Platform
    Dual Raymarine Axiom
    Bow/Stern Thrusters
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  4. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    That would be a great over the water trip next spring.
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  5. play dough

    play dough Active Member

    Aug 29, 2011
    Cheboygan, Michigan
    1997 Sea Ray 330DA
    7.4L MPI Mercruiser
    I had Dave's Marine Transport ship the same model last spring from Kentucky to Mackinaw City. Completely satisfied with the service I received. He arrived on time, delivered a bit ahead of schedule, and took payment via credit card when delivery was complete. Has the ability to launch from the trailer so hiring a travel lift wasn't required at the destination.
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  6. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Is your boat running still? For several weeks yet you could still make the trip via water in a weekend, with a decent weather window? I don't think we have any ice this far south yet.

    I bet you'll be over $2k easily to move the boat over land. It'll be a cold run but you could drive her on the water for a whole lot less :)
  7. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Getting fuel might be a problem. All of the marinas on the west end of the lake are closed. I'd wait til spring for lots of reasons, including stopping at some great places along the way.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2019
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  8. tc410

    tc410 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 9, 2006
    Charlevoix, MI/Jupiter, FL
    2005 550DB
    MAN CRM-900
    Mainly out of curiosity, I solicited a quote from one of the haulers recommended above to transport my 29’ center console from Florida to Michigan next spring. I must say I was pretty shocked at the $5,900 one-way quote...
  9. play dough

    play dough Active Member

    Aug 29, 2011
    Cheboygan, Michigan
    1997 Sea Ray 330DA
    7.4L MPI Mercruiser
    Based on four quotes I received for transport services last year, that sounds like a good quote. My charge was about $5.50/mile. That was in the middle range of the quotes I received. At that rate, Jupiter to Charlevoix would be over $8K but I imagine a lot depends on time and scheduling to possibly fill a return trip.
  10. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    New England & South Florida
    1976 17 Sport
    90hp Etec
    I always had my 300da moved on a back haul or "off migration" - from RI to South Florida my average cost one way was $2500
  11. jsed

    jsed Active Member

    Feb 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    2002 360 Sundancer
    Zodiac 310 RIB, 15hp Johnson
    Twin 8.1S
    If you have the opportunity to move it via the water, I'd do that over hauling on a trailer. Not sure if the boat is "new to you". If it is, it's a perfect way to learn everything about her. If its not, what better way to enjoy time on the water. May take a little bit, but....
    I bought mine in Detroit, and brought her up and around to Grand Haven. Best sea trial I could have done. Learned what the boat (and I) could handle. Best trip ever!

    I can point you in the direction of a good delivery captain, if you're interested. Send a message if you are...
  12. Justin1982

    Justin1982 Member

    Dec 27, 2019
    Shelby Township, MI
    1984 unknown and will update when I can confirm
    305 228
    Have you had it transported this route in years past?
    For that price my hitch is available haha!
  13. Shaps

    Shaps Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2019
    Long Island,NY
    2010 Sundancer 500
    Twin Cummins QSC550 DTS w Zeus
    Don't mean to hijack this thread, and please tell me I should start a new one if this is incorrect...

    Has anyone had any experience with Lighthouse Boat Transport out of Lindenhurst, NY?
    There pricing seems very competitive and the discussion of what they do/don't do was complete.


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