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How To Mail or Ship Your Water Skis and Wakeboards

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Have you ever had the need to ship/package your water skis or wakeboards, perhaps for traveling on an airplane, repair, or selling in an online auction such as ebay? It's not like you can go to your local supermarket store room and pick up boxes these things will fit in. Proper water sports equipment shipment will aid in a safe arrival and that often involves special packaging. Below are a few tips on how to properly ship skis and boards to aid in a safe arrival.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 20 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Go to a water ski/wakeboard dealer or pro shop and ask them for the boxes their equipment was originally sent in. They usually don't need the boxes anymore. If you don't have any water sports pro shops try ones that sell snow skis or snowboards.

  2. If you can't find pre-made boxes to fit the equipment try taking some larger boxes and breaking them down and wrapping them around the skis/wakeboard. Lots of tape will be needed if you go this route.

  3. Be sure to adequately pad the inside of the box. Try using newspaper, towels, or bubble wrap. Remember that it's possible your box will be dropped, stepped on, kicked, thrown, and have heavier boxes sat on top of it.

  4. Remove the fins and wrap them up separately.

  5. Put extra padding around the tips of the equipment.

  6. Shipping via the United States Postal Service (USPS) is generally the least expensive shipping method at $15-$25. However, do your homework and calculate postage from your own home.

    - Calculate USPS postage.
    - Calculate UPS postage.
    - Calculate FedEX postage.
    - Calculate DHL postage.

  7. Take notice that extra charges often apply for extra long or extra wide packages.

  8. Insure your shipment.

  9. Do you have a waterski/wakeboard shipping horror story? What was your experience? Post to the forum.

What You Need

  • Box
  • Packaging tape
  • Newspaper or bubble wrap for cushioning
  • Scissors or a box cutter in case you need to custom cut your box
  • A scale in case you want to calculate postage before going to shipping facility
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