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erik



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:18 pm    Post subject: Shipping a windsurf board? Reply with quote

Any recommendations on what company to use to ship a board? I have one that is going from Pacific to Atlantic water.
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jjstien



Joined: 31 Mar 2000
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had good luck with amtrak. It takes a little longer than air, and it's probably competetive to ground transportation. You do need to have a terminal in the neighborhood of where you are shipping. Definitely cheaper than fedex or UPS. Look at Amtrak website

In a box, lots of bubble wrap, cardboard around the rails... good luck
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MikeUzi



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try an airline air cargo. I have used American Airlines air cargo to ship from Hawaii. You drop it off and they tell you the flight # it goes out on, usually the same day. You then have to pick it up at the airport. It was about $60 for a surfboard from Honolulu-LAX.
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jam-1



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been a while since I last shipped something, but I had good luck with DHL. They were cheaper than FedEx and UPS.
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victor



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

roadway express. www.roadway.com

if it's going to an individual it's cheaper to send it "will call" where the consignee picks up at the nearest terminal. they charge a premium for residential deliveries.

you might find it cheaper with other carriers but roadway has been good to me.
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bmoney



Joined: 03 Oct 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Give Greyhound a shot. I have had a bunch of bulk items (hockey eq. bag, steamer trunk) shipped from the east coast out here (SF) that way. Assuming you can adequately protect the board, it might be worth looking into as a cheap option...
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keycocker



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put it in the box it came in (probably from Thailand) wrapped the same way with bubble all over and cardboard on the rails..If you don't have one, try any shop. We keep them for our clients.
We also wrap them in wetsuits so they ship together.
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erik



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice!
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isobars



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got quotes from FedEX, UPS, and Roadway for shipping a 272 cm x 62 cm board from WA state to San Francisco. The first two wanted $300-$600, Roadway wanted $175. Three things strike me about that:
1. Almost no board's unique enough to justify that expense in most areas, especially near a venue like the Bay Area.
2. At 25 mpg, that would pay for a trip to the Gorge to pick up the dang thing.
3. FedEx/UPS obviously don't want our business on big packages.

Amtrak doesn't accept packages that large.

\m/
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madspaniard



Joined: 23 May 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

isobars wrote:
I just got quotes from FedEX, UPS, and Roadway for shipping a 272 cm x 62 cm board from WA state to San Francisco. The first two wanted $300-$600, Roadway wanted $175. Three things strike me about that:
1. Almost no board's unique enough to justify that expense in most areas, especially near a venue like the Bay Area.
2. At 25 mpg, that would pay for a trip to the Gorge to pick up the dang thing.
3. FedEx/UPS obviously don't want our business on big packages.

Amtrak doesn't accept packages that large.

\m/


DHL from the Gorge to their terminal near South San Francisco is less than $100. You pick up the board at the terminal or they deliver to a commercial address for the same $$s.


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