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spudbud



Joined: 12 Jul 2009
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Location: cleve-wich

PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:34 am    Post subject: Shipping a board from left to right coast Reply with quote

What is a good, reliable service to ship one board from CA to OH. There is no rush but, I want the board to arrive safely. Any suggestions?

I am certain that this has been discussed ad nauseum but I can't seem to work the search function efficiently.

When I attempted my numerous searches, all I got is every single post about each and every topic. Could someone help a windsurf-brother out?
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rigitrite



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like FedEx, way cheaper than USPS. It should run you $80-120 depending on options.
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spudbud



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recall someone on here suggesting Forward Air from which I got a quote last year. $113 San Francisco to OH for a formula board.
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JamesHardy



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go to a Pack and Ship get two baby crib mattress boxes ( they will know what they are) put the boxes together, wrap the board in bubble-wrap and ship FEDEX. Easy!!

I'm assuming the board is shorter then 8'.
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you do go with Fed-X, I would recommend that you set up an account for yourself. It will allow you to receive a much more favorable rate.
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U2U2U2



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use FEDEX and like said I have an account. They do have size restrictions and "about" a 115L is all the length they accept, unless you have some negotiated account . FEDEX is pretty careful .

DHL may be a option.

You can ship via Greyhound so long as they accept nearby on both ends.

The other option is truck freight, this would be the least desirable from a safety standpoint, but it has worked for me.

Being boxed similar to original packing is the first step.

since when is OH EAST Coast

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amtrack express is cheap, but you do have to drop off and pick up usually at a major city ( hub). I shipped two boards and 4 other sail boxes, from Boston to Portland ( Oregon) for $135. Then shipped them back, after I was done sailing in the Gorge, for $98. I've done this twice, the price seems to vary, depending on the person your dealing with. I've found them all to be nice and helpful. I'll bet it will be cheaper than Fedex.
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slambo



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just shipped a board VA to CA on forward air, no prob's- 3 days by ground. No hassles ie: no size restrictions. cost $114ish

Give them a try. Forwardair.com
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U2U2U2



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the Forwardair website, I looked at : name is deceiving, but who cares they are a GROUND freight co.

make sure it has insurance for the value, and is packed properly

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alakghosh



Joined: 13 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

slambo wrote:
just shipped a board VA to CA on forward air, no prob's- 3 days by ground. No hassles ie: no size restrictions. cost $114ish

Give them a try. Forwardair.com


I think I'm the one that got that board from VA to CA Very Happy

The board was packed really well, and we specifically told them to top-load it so that nothing was stacked on it during shipping. A few extra bucks for that for a total of $120. Still much cheaper than the big alternatives for private party shipping. Both the shipper and receiver have to drop off and pick up from their respective Forward Air warehouses. Be sure to pick up the board the day it arrives or you get charged warehouse storage fees per day (~$30/day). As pointed out earlier, you do have to check the size restrictions with FedEx.

I would recommend Forward Air to others as well.

Having said that, I did get another board shipped to me from CT to CA recently for only $77 (including insurance) from a windsurfer who had a FedEx account. Not sure if that price would still hold now but a FedEx account might also be a good option. As pointed out, you do have to check the size restrictions with FedEx.

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