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jimmyjamesfx
19:50:12 Sat
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Shipping or barge to Nome?

I live in seattle and I am looking for the best and most cost effective way to ship a vehicle to nome. If it costs less I could ship from anchorage and I will be shipping either a 4wheeler or small truck. Another alternative would be to buy a vehicle from someone in nome. If anyone has any names of companies or input on buying a vehicle in nome it would be much appericated.

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DanfromNY
22:43:09 Sat
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Theres several places in Nome to buy new ATV's AC, Wilderness Honda,Morgans, if your looking for prices on shipping from Seattle you can try Alaska Logistics or Northland freight, they both come to Nome.Good Luck

  
AK_Au_diver
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If new, buying an ATV in Nome makes sense, since the shipping to Nome is paid by the manufacturer (that is not paid directly by the individual purchaser, but spread out).

Wilderness Skidoo, and Morgans are the two shops. Best to call ahead to check prices and see what they have in stock or are getting on the first barge.

I think for Northland the cost from Seattle or Anchorage is the same, around $1500 (+/- $300) for just a vehicle, but check with them; I'm just going off what I've read.

Flying it air cargo is around $1/pound from Anchorage, but will get it there before the first barge.

What do you want the vehicle for in Nome? We might have some more specific suggestions for what to look for or avoid.

  
jimmyjamesfx
23:27:48 Mon
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Re: Shipping or barge to Nome?

thank for all the info.

i want the vehicle for for some beach prospecting this summer but i just heard that the beachs are closed in nome, people are not allowed to do public prospecting. Im not 100% sure on this but if its true then im gunna have to make some other plans. If anyone knows the statues of the public beachs in nome the info would be greatly appericated. if the beachs are still open then i will proceed with my plans.

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AK_Au_diver
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As far as I know, there is no public beach in Nome that is open to prospecting. I think the only public beach is "Middle Beach" in front of town, but there is a strictly enforced curfew there. At least for any equipment, if mining isn't outright banned. This beach is about 1000 feet long and in full view of a row of houses.

East beach is owned by a corporation, and is very adversarial to miners and white people in general, except when it comes to your tax dollars via federal...I'm off topic. There are signs up that say no camping, no mining.

West beach is owned by a gold mining company, which as of March 11, 2011, bought it from another gold mining company. The old company allowed recreational mining, so long as no equipment was used and the material was worked on site (basically hand shovel fed highbankers and ground sluices were allowed). Camping on the sandy beach, past two miles from the Jetty, was tolerated, but subject to extreme weather at times. No word on what policy changes the new company might implement.

The gold on West beach has been very poor, no significant erosion has happened since 2004, thus no new gold has been released into the sand. Storms have just reshuffled the sand a bit and occasionally created spots that were worth shoveling for a couple days.

Don't expect to make any money. If you do decide to come up, consider it a vacation and adventure, and all expenses as the cost for admission. Such that any gold you might find is a bonus, not a necessity. Having talked with many of the beach miners over the past 6 years, they don't do well at all. And there are fewer beach miners now than when gold was $300/ozt, that should speak for itself.

  

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