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benpfree1



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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 5:49 pm    Post subject: Where to get boxes to ship sails? Reply with quote

Hi,
does anyone have any advice on where to get get a box in which to ship a sail? Do people advise packing sails in a box or just putting the address label right on a sail bag and taking it to UPS?
thanks
Ben
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3-phase



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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

www.uline.com take one with like 8"X8"
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soheilzahedi5



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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2007 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's best to ship them in a box: they can get crushed when they stack other boxes on top of them...

Go to your local windsurf shop if there are any left, and ask them if they have any boxes that their sails shipped in.
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KanahaKai



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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2007 4:49 pm    Post subject: packing Reply with quote

On small shipments you can get away without boxing them as long as you wrap them tight enough. Roll it as tight as you possibly can, strap it, sail bag it, put it in some sort of sleeve/large plastic bag, then wrap packing tape around the whole thing, SUPER TIGHT. You'll be amazed how small you can make it. We've never had a problem.

Aloha.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any appliance dealer carries sail shipping boxes, if you don't mind Maytag or Whirlpool logos on them. Cut out a big slab of cardboard from a refrigerator box, crease and fold it into five segments, and fold that into a long box. Tip: make the sides uneven so your final box cross-section is a trapezoid instead of a square, so it's uncrushable. I've used the same box now a few times and it's still solid.

There's no way I'm letting carrier gorillas crush my unboxed sail.

\m/
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SteveFoy



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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't see any suitable boxes at www.uline.com. Plus they have minimum orders of 10-20 boxes. Looks like creating a custom box out of a bigger box is the only option.
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spyder



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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 1:25 pm    Post subject: Re: packing Reply with quote

KanahaKai wrote:
On small shipments you can get away without boxing them as long as you wrap them tight enough. Roll it as tight as you possibly can, strap it, sail bag it, put it in some sort of sleeve/large plastic bag, then wrap packing tape around the whole thing, SUPER TIGHT. You'll be amazed how small you can make it. We've never had a problem.

Aloha.


yes we do this often. we wrap the sail in a layer of large bubble wrap and tape it good. put cardboard on the tips to prevent damage.
then mummy it with packing wrap. the mummy part makes it pretty strong.

we mail it by either usps priority or some carrier like DHL.
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