A friend is moving from Minneapolis to Tucson and spent $1000 extra for the moving company to toss her Pungo onto the truck!


i would have looked on Craigslist Rideshare and paid gas for people driving this way.

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a pungo is…
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I don’t know current moving rules, but
when we moved from Lexington, KY to Atlanta in 1974, the Bekins movers put our 85#, 18.5’ Moore Voyageur in with the rest of the load, treating it like furniture.

I think she was cheated.

That sounds off
A Pungo should have loaded with the furniture, inside.

unfortunate parody
In an attempt to parody novice kayakers (I’ve yet to meet anyone who thinks they can take their pungo around africa) the blogger unintentionally parodies kayak snobs: “You have to have a Nordkapp. Your boat is too short, long boats go faster than short boats”.

Ripped off!
She was ripped off. Generally movers charge by weight, unless something requires extraordinary care in packaging or is cumbersome or fragile.

A Pungo is none of those.

Too late now, if she’s signed the contract or already paid she’s SOL.

The next step:
This is the internet, right? Find a way to give them some unwanted publicity about how dishonest they are!

There is more to this story. Even for a dishonest mover, $1000 seems extreme. Kayaks are treated like furniture in most cases. Now if they required it to be crated, then I can believe the $1000 charge.

Moving Co. RIP OFF
It could hace been shipped motor freight for around $300.00. VRF

"The Blogger" did not create this video, he just linked to it. You, probably, are a recent addition to the social circle of - there were quite a few links to similarly produced content some time ago, most of it could be interpreted as insulting or demeaning. It could also be interpreted as hilarious, but it is all very subjective.

BTW, taking things too seriously is not good for health.

Possible answer
While I was in the military (20 years) every time I moved I had to move my own boats. The government had strict rules about moving boats of any kind. So if it was a provided move, i.e. paid for by someone else, the same rules may have applied. Once a friend was moving from Ft. Devens Mass and the movers started to pick up his 8’ plastic “puddle jumper” and Paul said “The army won’t let me move that.” The mover showed him the manifest and listed was “Flower Window Box”. Paul thanked him and let him do his loading.


another loophole
When a friend got moved to the Marshall Islands for work, he was allowed to ship a container of his belongings without charge, but boats were not allowed. He found out that new, unopened, unassembled boats were not considered “boats”, for some ridiculous reason. So he and his wife bought two new sit-on-tops, and a 15’ Hobie catamaran, and had them shipped no problem. (I think they just had room for a pair of shorts and sandals as well.)

No, that $1000 is probably right
I just moved my mom from Seattle to Vermont. Used a nationally advertised van line. A kayak is a special item because it is an odd shape and many are “delicate”. The driver loading the goods can charge a significant surcharge. At first the cost of loading mom’s little 10 ft Necky was going to be $750. But the driver decided he could slide it in for no extra charge.


Gotta use common sense
The Pungo that was moved for $1,000 was probably the single most durable, indestructible item loaded on the truck that day. $1,000 would be reasonable for a fragile boat that needed special treatment, like a shipping crate, but a person should be logical about this, and charging that much to ship a boat that could have been dropped out of a second-story window onto the ground before being loaded on the truck was robbery. All they had to do was stuff the boat into a corner of the truck, with no packing or padding being needed. That’s a two-minute job, NOT deserving $1,000 in payment.

I think the guy who suggested that a move payed for by a third party might require a standard rate for “boats” has the only reason that makes sense here, and like he said, a person with a bit of integrity would find a way to avoid charging that much in this case.

Caveat emptor
Says it all. Research would have prevented all of this.