COMMENTS: I needed quick transport for my sailboat from Santa
Barbara to Stockton. Sal and Betty came through really fast - Sal is a total pro with tons of experience that shows through.
I would trust my boat to Sal anyday... and the price was right too.
COMMENTS: I want to thank Sal and Betty for their "extra efforts" in
helping me transport my 35' Carver Mariner from the Central California Coast to the Delta after exceptionally poor weather
prevented me from continuing my voyage.
Piazza and Sons came highly recommended and that recommendation was supported by the care and concern both Betty
and Sal put into working with me prior to and during the transport. I had contacted other transporters but after talking with
Betty I knew this was going to be the mover for me. Working within a very narrow time frame and less than ideal highway
conditions, they both made the move happen and the boat was delivered as promised.
Sal, Betty, and their son Bill were a real pleasure to work with and I will use them again if I have any transports. I
recommend them to anyone who needs their boat transported and wants the attention to detail and family touch they bring to the job.
COMMENTS: When we were buying our 1982 3270 Bayliner in San Rafael,
California, we needed to find someone to bring it up to the Portland, Oregon, area to put in the Columbia River, where it will be
moored. An internet search found Piazza & Sons. After researching several companies and getting many quotes, we chose Piazza and
Because we were traveling from the Portland area to the San Francisco area to do the sea trial and buy the boat, the date of
transit was uncertain. Bette was very willing to work with me as I had to change the date a couple of times.
Sal arrived early on
Thursday morning and spent a lot of time making sure our "baby" was safe on his trailer. He was able to get it to Portland safe
and sound and in time to have it launched at Danish Marine on Friday. He was an absolute delight to work with. If we ever need
to move a boat again, we know who we will call!
Thank you, Bette & Sal.
COMMENTS: What great fortune it was for us to
hear about Piazza Yacht Transporters. Sal came highly recommended and did a first class job of
moving our Ingrid 38. Betty very ably scheduled our move and kept us informed as to when and
what to expect.
There is no subsitute for experience and we can say with confidence that Sal is very knowledgeable
in every aspect of the move and simply the best all around!
Sincere thanks for a job well done and Kindest regards.
David & Mary
COMMENTS: Having worked with the entire
Piazza family loading and off-loading power and sail boats at beautiful Lake Tahoe,
it was refreshing to see a professional team at work. Sal treats and cares for the vessels
in his charge as if they were his own. A pleasure every visit.
See you soon,Steve.
COMMENTS: I had the good fortune to stumble upon Betty & Sal
to move my 36' sailboat from Marine Del Ray CA to Bellingham WA. The cost was most competitive, the service
was excellent, and the care taken could not have been more expertly done. Betty is wonderful, how she
schedules the moves for Sal and leaves nothing out when booking the moves. The price quoted is the price
you pay on delivery, on time and NO extras. A great experience with great people to deal with, I plan on
purchasing another sailboat soon, and Sal will be the mover.
Thank you both for the great move.
COMMENTS: After being assigned the task of
overseeing the moving of our son's 32 ft Trawler, I started contacting various boat haulers.
I got quite an education in how few are equipped with a good PR person at the front desk and
how few responded to my request for a quote in a professional manor. Bette Piazza gave me the
utmost respect and took care of every detail to make this transport from Ventura to Alameda
painless for us.
When we met Sal at the Marina, it was like meeting a long lost brother.
He paid great attention to detail and the boat was hauled without incident. They truly
are a professional team in every way, and thanks to their wonderful son Bill, the web
site is easy to navigate and every detail was taken care of by phone and email.
This is a five star company. Our son was very happy with the whole
transport of his beloved boat. Do not hesitate to use Sal Piazza for your boating needs.
COMMENTS: From the first phone call
to final delivery, Betty and Sal were professional, competent and caring. Once I talked
to Betty I knew I was in good hands. She gave me a couple of dates for pick up and
worked with me to adjust their schedule to meet mine. Thank you Betty.
Sal and Betty have extremely good working relationships with the
local shipyards which you will find to be highly valuable.
Looking back at the move, excellent communication and local knowledge
by Betty and Sal is what made it a pleasant experience rather then the ni.shtmlare it
could easily have turned into.
I met Sal at the pick up point, Marina Shipyard in Long Beach at
9:00 am, and my boat (a 30' Catalina) was already on his custom built trailer. He spent
the next two and half hours insuring that the boat was securely in place and tied down.
At 8:00 am the next day I once again met Sal at Moss Landing in Monterey, where the boat
was off loaded. Sal and I thoroughly inspected the boat on the trailer at the pick up
and destination. It had not moved at all during the trip and was in the same position
and condition at Moss Landing as it was when picked up in Long Beach.
If I ever need to move a boat again, it will be by Piazza & Sons. They
are simply the best. I wish everything about boating was as easy as working with Betty
COMMENTS: I read one of the other comments that
referred to Sal as the GOLD STANDARD of large boat truckers... I agree with Hugh Owens'
description of Sal 100%!!
I met up with Sal at a truckstop in southern Oregon, saw
his equipment at work and scheluled the move of my Formosa 41 Ketch from Napa Calif.
right at that time, (however we had to cancel because we couldn't get dry work area
storage in the south Puget Sound area). Sal and Betty were both very patient and
eventually my wife was able to get storage for our "Wind Rose" at Swantown in
Betty very quickly fit us into Sal's schedule and Sal moved our boat
(through very stormy-windy & rainy weather) to Olympia from Napa without a scratch
& on time. I am a 31 year owner-operator trucker myself; (I haul newsprint to 5 Bay
area newspapers and return with a haz-mat medication for the salmon hatcheries in WA
& OR and various other chemicals northbound weekly between Seattle and San Francisco
Bay; I've been doing the same for 8+ years now!!!) So you might know that I know
professional and quality trucking when I see it.
Piazza & Son will always be our Big Boat transportation company!!
COMMENTS: My Tartan 30 was just trucked from Napa,
California to Charleston, Oregon. Thanks to Sal, Betty and thier son, it was stress
free and even a pleasant experience. Sal arrived at the yard the night before my
boat was to be loaded and he delivered my boat in perfect condition as scheduled.
Along the way he called twice to let me know how the trip was going. I was lucky
that Betty was able to fit me into their schedule. Believe the praise in the
other comments, if I ever move a boat again it will be with Sal.
COMMENTS: Thanks to Sal and Bette for
the great service. Bette was patient and flexible as I changed the
destination the boat was going to, and Sal was there with the truck
earlier than promised. They both actually drove to see the boat before
picking it up to make sure everything would go well. The boat was
delivered on time as promissed. Next time I'll sail her to her
destination, but if I ever need trucking again, I'll be back with
Madame X (36' steel Roberts sailboat)
COMMENTS: WOW! Sal and Betty are great.
My sailboat was getting hauled from South Lake Tahoe to San Deigo. This
was an early winter, and the weather window was closing earlier than normal.
But Betty stayed in contact with the marina, and Sal went and spent the
night before so he would be there first thing for the PU and get out before
the next storm. I may still be there if he hadn't done that.
Not only that but they pay close attention to detail, so the boat
was picked up in excellent condition, and delivered just the same.
I also had the pleasure of just talking with Sal for a while when we
were being unloaded and he was preparing to pull out. Thanks Sal I enjoyed
the conversation, and also exceptional job you did for me.
I will recommend you to anyone who asks. Use them they'll do the job
for you for sure.
COMMENTS: After another southland
based transportation company failed on their commitment to deliver
our Hunter 33.5 from Stockton CA to Ventura I randomly started
calling various transportation companies. The majority of them were
either aloof on their availability or otherwise vague on pricing and
didn�t seem to care about my urgent need let alone give me the time
of day. The process reminded me a lot of trying to buy a new car where
the salesmen needs to go into a back room and talk to his manager.
I stumbled on to Piazza Boat Transportation via their easy to navigate
web site. After speaking with Sal�s wife Betty who manages all of Sal�s
scheduling and deliveries I knew I had found a unique company where
customer service was the most important product they offer. Betty
explained in detail about their process. She went into great depth in
regards to the insurance coverage as well as the type of equipment used
to cradle and gently transport our sailboat using their air-ride trailer.
Their pricing was 10-15% lower than others.
From the minute I hung up the phone I knew I was in good hands. Betty
kept in regular contact with me to ensure on-time pickup and delivery. I
worked along side Sal during the loading and unloading (sorry Sal I was
probably more a pain then any help) and saw first hand the care Sal gives
to each of his boats (as if he owns them). During loading Sal gave me the
tour of his Canada built Aldura boat trailer. He demonstrated the ability
of raising and adjusting the air ride. He worked with the marinas at both
ends to ensure our boat was raised and lowered with care.
I agree with the other customers who have already commented that you
should consider and trust no other company with your investment.
COMMENTS: Thank you very much for the
great photos of "Ronim" and for your call to let us know that she had
received in Seattle Safely. Your Thoughtfulness and the personal touches
that you bring to your business, made a difficult chore much easier for us.
Our best wishes to you and your family.
COMMENTS: I had Sal haul my boat from
Santa Barbara to San Francisco bay in May 2004. He and Betty were great
to work with and did a fine job at a fair price. I would highly
recommend them to anyone needing boat transport on the west coast.
COMMENTS: I recently hired Betty and Sal to
move my Tartan Blackwatch from Moss Landing CA to Port Ludlow WA. Betty was
a pleasure to work with on the phone and Sal could not have worked any harder
to assure my boats safe delivery. Like the Post Office, Sal drove through the
rain, snow and sunshine and delivered my 37 foot sailboat without a scratch.
I really appreciate the care and expertise Betty and Sal brought to this move,
especially when you hear so many horror stories. Thanks Betty and thanks Sal.
COMMENTS: What a pleasant experience
it was to deal with Sal and Betty. They went out of their way to make
us comfortable with every aspect of moving our 37 Carver from San Rafael
to Seattle. Sal worked with the boat yard where it was being prepared
for the move to be sure all would go well. The weather in Oregon chose
not to cooperate with Sal's original plan, but he took it in stride.
The boat arrived in tip-top shape. Thanks Sal for a great job!
COMMENTS: I have had four sailboats
moved long distance in my life and Sal is the Gold Standard. On a
recent move to the Bay area,the crane operator dropped our 30000 lb
boat and it was Sal who managed to salvage a horrible situation and
get her safely to CA. He is safe and honest and careful and is the
gold standard in boat moving, ON TIME and ON BUDGET. If you're able
to engage his expert services, consider yourself lucky. He is one of
a dying breed of owner operators who have pride in their equipment
and their abilities. He is also a sweet guy with an Italian twinkle
in his eye and a fine Wife Betty and a hardworking son, Bill. Consider
no one else!
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