First, check out this page on the Air vs. Sea shipping question:
Although we have personally shipped our bike from UK to Canada by sea (also Canada to New Zealand to Australia, and Australia to USA), we generally don't recommend sea shipment due to the uncertainty about when the bike will arrive. Also, although the quoted costs are less, the total cost may not be much of a saving over air, as port charges can be quite high.
However, if you decide to ship by sea, suggest you use an international shipping company such as Wallenius Wilhelmsen http://www.2wglobal.com/Applications/Addresses/GlobalAddresses.jsp
or Panalpina http://www.panalpina.com/,
who have received good reviews from travellers.
As to location, Norfolk, Virginia is a major port. Florida would also be okay, but wouldn't recommend Los Angeles - stick to the East Coast. We shipped from London to Vancouver last year and it took almost 10 weeks
- don't know how they send it, but it usually has to go through the Panama Canal, and it adds quite a lot to the transit time.
Good luck and let us know how you go.
"It matters not what goal you seek
Its secret here reposes:
You've got to dig from week to week
To get Results or Roses."
'One world, two wheels'
[This message has been edited by Susan (edited 18 July 2002).]