I (finally) took delivery on the boat yesterday and I couldnt be happier with the boat shipper I ended up with. I found him indirectly through Uship. I turns out that finding a boat shipper who you trust and will do a good job is a bigger job than you'd think, so I wanted to pass this along as a "public service"
He was very professional, patient, thorough, communicated great with me, got all the permits he needed, fast, and is an all around really nice guy.
We did up a written contract which specified who would pay for what repairs and what he'd charge me per hour and a max cap he'd charge. He brought up many things in the contract that I didnt even think of but should have.
There was no question about what to expect and what the timeline was, and he kept to it.
Even though I didnt think to ask for it; he cardboarded all the glass, put additional tape over the trailer and boat to protect it from all the rocks kicked up on the Alcan (boat had already been travel wrapped) and put additional supports under the motor to help protect the hydraulics from road bouncing.
After he got to Anchorage he removed all the tape, cardboard and plastic and power washed it so he'd deliver a clean boat. It needed it.
It was his fourth trip up here towing a boat and his second winter trip, he said the road conditions and frost heaves were the worst he'd ever seen.
He's Steve Driver of Driven Concepts Inc.
913 Ripplestone Ave
N. Las Vegas, NV 89081
702-523-1967 NV Cell
406-560-4657 MT Cell (Best # to Contact when I'm not transporting)
406-560-5234 Truck Cell (Best number when transporting)
PM me if you want his email address.
His profile and feedback on Uship: http://www.uship.com/profile/drvmecrzy5/
The feedback from the other winter boat he shipped up here: http://www.uship.com/community/stori...in-the-winter/
Totally night-and-day difference from the first two meatheads I dealt with:
AK Fresh Xpress (aka "Alaska Fresh Express") out of Homer who said "Sure I'll pick it up within the week" and then put me off for a week, then another week then another week and then started never picking up the phone returning my emails or phone calls. Which was really suprising since his dad runs Alaska Big Tow which from all accounts is a good outfit.
The second meathead was Todd Tripp who also kept putting me off and then started wanting a 50% deposit a week prior to pickup even though we'd agreed it would be upon pickup. I started getting a bad feeling about it so I asked him what his DOT number was and who the insurance company was. The next email I got back after that (2 days later) was "sorry I'm afraid I can't do your load, bye"