My thoughts on this could open up a whole 'nother "can of worms thread", but
one off-topic comment is that you should enjoy your work. And if purely
driving 4000 miles is a vacation, you are a better man than I. :)
Now, if you are driving to CA for a vacation, and can deliver the boat, and
then drive back, that's great. Your costs are nothing more than pure savings +
profit for you. If on the other hand you are delivering the boat for purely
that purpose, you have to include all vehicle costs and your time. Adding 4000
miles to your vehicle is a cost, any way you cut it.
I mentioned that there are companies that one can hire that should be able to
deliver the boat for about $1.00 per mile. If it is 2000 miles, than there is
$2000 dollars. Subtract the $1290 and you have $710. Subtract vehicle
depreciation at .07 mile, ($280), and you are down to $430 dollars. $430
divided by 6 days equals $71.67 per day. Not much coverage in the event of a
breakdown, accident or unforeseen event, in addition to your daily pay. We are
assuming that the new owner is covering the insurance for the boat & trailer
during transit, so that you don't need payload insurance. Your auto policy
doesn't cover physical damage to a towed item. (It's amazing how often tires
are dry-rotted, bearings are fried, or springs & axles break on boat trailers.
I had a axle spindle break right off on a interstate on-ramp once. Cost $600
in tow fees for a large enough flatbed, the cost of a new axle, and another day
of travel time)
The person that stands to benefit the most from getting this boat is the new
owner. But, I think he, like most of us, has determined that his time is worth
more at home & office than driving across the country.
I'm not saying that you can't do it for the dollars listed below. Just don't
fool yourself into thinking that the listed "hard" costs it the total.
Smooth Water Sports
> Lets see, get your calculaters out.
> 4000 miles round trip at my 11 mpg = 364 gals/ at $1.80 gal = $650 for
> room/night= $300 for rest.
> Food........?? $40/day x 6 days= $240
> Insurance, If you have a vehicle.......you already have ins. = $ 0 *extra*
> Time. Not everyone puts a price on time/ enjoyment, 'specially if driving
> that way anyway. My charge...$0
> Wear & tear (tire wear at most) & depreciation on vehicle (to low to
> consider), $100 at prorate tire wear
> So we have a grand total of $1290
> Looks to around $1700 to be made here for 5 days. (taxfree?)
> Now, your weekly bring home pay, for the every day to day grind???
> "Smooth Water Sports"
> > Ya know, I've heard all this before.
> > If you are willing to do it, go ahead. I'll bet once you discover the
> > of the travel, and the time, you won't anymore.
> > 2000 miles each way (very roughly) is .50 cents per mile. Will that cover
> > your fuel, food, motel, insurance, and TIME?
> > Good luck,
> > Peter.
> > Smooth Water Sports