myiW Current Conditions and Forecasts Community Forums Buy and Sell Services
 
Hi guest · myAccount · Log in
 SearchSearch   ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   RegisterRegister 
Cost to ship a board

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    iWindsurf Community Forum Index -> Windsurfing Discussion
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
LakeSurf



Joined: 01 Jul 2015
Posts: 30

PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 7:44 am    Post subject: Cost to ship a board Reply with quote

I'm considering shipping a 10' board from Florida to North Carolina (about 600 miles). If I take it on the plane with me, it'll be $75 but it comes with some logistics difficulties, so I'd prefer to mail it. Any idea how much it would cost?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
SeaDawg



Joined: 12 Sep 2002
Posts: 340

PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Contact Estes Trucking. Fox WaterSports shipped a board from their shop in the OBX to Buffalo, Ny several years ago.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
U2U2U2



Joined: 06 Jul 2001
Posts: 3555
Location: Shipsterns Bluff, Tasmania. Colorado

PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

10 foot is longer than I think a board can be taken as checked bag gassed.

If you have a genuine quote for it, using the demintions for 75, aside from the pita it will be , that's cheap.

You said, mail but you probably mean, a currier like FedEx, I am certain that FedEx FREIGHT WOULD SHIP IT, you would be cheaper using a trucking freight co, like mentioned above.

Once the article reaches a certain length in inches it is not ship able using regular methods. So freight. There are exceptions for companies that have a negotiated contract with RX FEDEX , UPS...

I would see if someone traveling that route may be able to take it for you

_________________
K4 fins
4Boards....May the fours be with you

http://www.k4fins.com/fins.html
http://4boards.co.uk/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
LeeD



Joined: 12 Jun 2008
Posts: 1106

PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most carrier's require a commercial shipper's address before taking on cargo for a decent price. Hard for private people to get that status. Check with the carriers.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Darbonne



Joined: 27 Jan 2012
Posts: 175
Location: Farmerville, Louisiana

PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a board shipped to me in Louisiana from Florida using Amtrak. Not sure if 10' is too long. You can check at their site. It was $70.00, and I just picked it up at the train station. Might be worth a look.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
LakeSurf



Joined: 01 Jul 2015
Posts: 30

PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies. I may go with the carry it on the plane route. I can transport the board on my crossbars to the airport, but what's the best way to pack it? I'm pretty sure a 10' box won't fix in the vehicle I'm traveling in.

I wonder if they're any more gentle with "Special Luggage" that you pay extra for? The board is durable and isn't in the best cosmetic shape, but I wouldn't want any damage from things being tossed on it while loading.

I'm flying Southwest and they don't mention any size limits:

https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/baggage/special-luggage-pol.html

Quote:
Wind surfing board, keel removed and placed in checked baggage to prevent damage to the sail, boom, and other baggage.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
swchandler



Joined: 08 Nov 1993
Posts: 7057

PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might want to consider buying a softrack for those times where you rent a car, like on vacation. They're inexpensive, very compact, and usually come in small storage bag when not in use. When you rent a car, be sure to get a 4 door, since they will provide a longer bearing surface that will reduce problems driving around, especially if freeway driving is anticipated.

I would definitely box up and bubble pack the board. You can always create a suitable box using larger boxes that bicycles, refrigerators or cooking ranges come in. Be sure to remove the fin, and maybe the footstraps too to give you a thinner, more streamlined container.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
U2U2U2



Joined: 06 Jul 2001
Posts: 3555
Location: Shipsterns Bluff, Tasmania. Colorado

PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read the sporting good/ windsurf boards on the SouthWest link.

I would call to verify that the length is acceptable.
Again 75 dollars is a great price.

Boxed would be best, 2nd would be in a padded bag.

I worked for United Airlines, we tried to be tender with items like this, more than regular cases.

SW accepts poles for pole vaulting , without length restriction, we once shipped one secured inside the cabin along side the seats on the floor, we also transported a WEDDING CAKE

_________________
K4 fins
4Boards....May the fours be with you

http://www.k4fins.com/fins.html
http://4boards.co.uk/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
U2U2U2



Joined: 06 Jul 2001
Posts: 3555
Location: Shipsterns Bluff, Tasmania. Colorado

PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FWIW. I called ( inquiring minds want to know) Southwest and they confirming NO SIZE RESTRICTION on windsurf boards.

I have a inkling that 10 foot may be too long, but we used to get quite creative in loading the cargo/ baggage pits. In that it's too long for 1 pit section, but load so it stretches between the pits, pits being the cargo areas, SW should have 6 of these, 3 fore 3 aft

If you do this again I would at the very least put it in a bag with some packing around the nose n tail.

It would probably be easier to ship via freight, pack it in OBX, and have it picked up.then delivered to either a local depot, you can either then pick it up or delivered to you. It may be less to pick up.

_________________
K4 fins
4Boards....May the fours be with you

http://www.k4fins.com/fins.html
http://4boards.co.uk/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
LakeSurf



Joined: 01 Jul 2015
Posts: 30

PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

U2U2U2 wrote:
FWIW. I called ( inquiring minds want to know) Southwest and they confirming NO SIZE RESTRICTION on windsurf boards.

I have a inkling that 10 foot may be too long, but we used to get quite creative in loading the cargo/ baggage pits. In that it's too long for 1 pit section, but load so it stretches between the pits, pits being the cargo areas, SW should have 6 of these, 3 fore 3 aft

If you do this again I would at the very least put it in a bag with some packing around the nose n tail.

It would probably be easier to ship via freight, pack it in OBX, and have it picked up.then delivered to either a local depot, you can either then pick it up or delivered to you. It may be less to pick up.


I appreciate the info. I decided against board on the plane route because of logistics. I wouldn't be able to fit in the car that is picking me up on the plane and would have to drive back out.

But I may still pack a rig and take it on the plane.

Here's a good article on packing surfboards on a plane:
http://www.theinertia.com/surf/how-to-pack-a-surfboard-in-6-steps/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    iWindsurf Community Forum Index -> Windsurfing Discussion All times are GMT - 5 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You can attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum

myiW | Weather | Community | Membership | Support | Log in
like us on facebook
© Copyright 1999-2007 WeatherFlow, Inc Contact Us Ad Marketplace

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group