Why would you ship a Nordhavn!?
So, because of time, we needed to ship a Nordhavn from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific. How does that work? Well, it's like nothing I've ever tried to organize. There are transport ships constantly cruising around planet. It was like trying to hit a moving target blindfolded when it came to picking which ship, what location and what date we were going to ship Noeta. First we thought we might ship out of Rhode Island the end of October, but we needed to have work done on the boat, and wanted that work done in Palm Beach. So then we thought we would ship out of Palm Beach at the end of November, but it took us too long to get to Palm Beach. Finally, we picked a boat that was leaving from Port Everglades, but the date slipped from mid December to the end of January. Here are the steps to shipping a boat:
1) Talk with brokers - they sell space on transit ships. They don't necessarily know when or where a ship is going to be, but they can give you estimates. It's not cheap to ship a boat, one our size is around $30,000. Brokers charge different prices for the same spaces on the same ships. We considered the shipping cost to be part of the cost of the boat when we bought it, so there were no surprises. We were told it would take about 10 days to get from Florida to La Paz, Mexico.
2) Once a broker gives you a date and location you like, you sign a contract and pay 10% of the shipping cost. We waited until there was a 'named ship', meaning it was for sure heading our way and the broker was selling space on an actual boat, not just a possible boat. We went with Raven Shipping (but also talked quite a bit with Seven Star) out of Canada. Raven was very good at communicating with us consistently and the president, Anthony, answered our questions promptly. Once you sign a contract, you are locked in. If another broker gives you a date or location you like better...too bad, you're stuck with the ship you signed the contract with.
|Raven Shipping - based in British Columbia|
4) Finally it was January 24th in Port Everglades. A windy cold front with thunderstorms were moving in and we were in a very tight marina with million & billion dollar boats surrounding us. The front was supposed to pass around 4 pm, so we would be fine. We checked the kids, the cat and the luggage into the hotel at the marina (very convenient) I put a last load of laundry in the washing machine and we went to lunch. As our plates were set down, we got a phone call - we need your boat here now. Um.....ok, we'll be there as soon as we can! We inhaled our lunch, I hustled to the boat to get the wet towels a few minutes in the dryer, we emptied the trash, videotaped the interior and exterior to record everything on board, we looked at the grey clouds and cast off. Luckily we were in a lull in the storm. 10 minutes later, at 1:00, we were side by side with 460 foot Ellensborg (wet towels still in the dryer).
|A screenshot the day our ship passed through Panama Canal - this may or may not be Ellensborg :)|
|We could see the ship with Noeta on it for hours!|